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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — August 2011

The August tracking poll examines the views of Americans without health insurance, with a particular focus on how they think the health reform law will affect them. Findings from the poll include: Although estimates are that 32 million uninsured Americans will gain coverage under the ACA, only about half of…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Strengthening Medicaid with Health Information Technology: Are Providers & States Up to the Challenge?

Health care providers can receive Medicare and Medicaid payment incentives when they adopt electronic health records and demonstrate their “meaningful use.” Additionally, states must establish a website by 2014 for Medicaid beneficiaries to electronically enroll and renew coverage. Yet many challenges remain so that health information technology (HIT) can help…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Mapping Premium Variation in the Individual Market

This analysis examines how premiums for individual health insurance differ around the nation, finding that premiums can vary substantially from state to state. The average per-person premium in 2010 ranged in cost from approximately $136 per month in Alabama to more than $400 per month in Vermont and Massachusetts. The…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Pulling It Together: Are We Headed for a Government Takeover of Health Care?

Remember the “government takeover of the health care system” argument that critics of the health reform law have used?  Well, last week the Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the latest projections of health spending in the journal Health Affairs.  Attention focused mainly…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

July Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Public Still Divided on ACA, Few Believe the Law Will Improve Consumer Protections

Overall public opinion on the health reform law remains unchanged this month, with 42 percent of Americans holding a favorable view and 43 percent an unfavorable view. Even though previous Health Tracking polls have consistently shown that consumer protections were one of the least controversial and most widely supported provisions…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Insurance Exchange Development: Innovation in the States

Under health reform, state-based health insurance exchanges are a mechanism to buy private insurance beginning in 2014. Through panel discussions with state leaders and stakeholders, this briefing, jointly sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership, explored states’…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Remember the People Outside of the Exchanges

There has been a substantial amount of focus on the recently released draft regulations governing state-based health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And that’s appropriate, since the exchanges have the important roles under reform of providing consumers with easier access to insurance and facilitating tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Innovation Center: How Much Can It Improve Quality and Reduce Costs – and How Quickly?

The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) seeks to test new health care payment and service delivery models that can potentially enhance quality of care for beneficiaries while reducing costs. How is the agency planning to administer its $10 billion in funding? What early projects is the center…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Pulling It Together: Writing Regulations

Not since Geraldo Rivera revealed the secret contents of Al Capone’s vault on national TV in the mid-80s, or more recently, sports fans awaited the LeBron James “decision” about where he would play next, have we so anxiously awaited anything as much as the draft health exchange regulations just published…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

What is a Mini-Med Plan?

One of the early insurance market changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) phases out caps that some insurance plans impose on the annual dollar amount of benefits they will cover. Plans issued or renewed after September 23, 2010 cannot have annual limits of less than $750,000, and the threshold…

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