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Quick Take: Who Benefits from the ACA Medicaid Expansion?

A key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the expansion of Medicaid to nearly all individuals with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($15,415 for an individual; $26,344 for a family of three in 2012) in 2014. Medicaid currently provides health coverage for…

Health Care After the Supreme Court Decision: What’s Next?

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the health reform law. Panelists explore such questions as: What does the court’s ruling mean for those without health insurance? Will states that choose to participate in the Medicaid expansion…

Survey Brief: Economic Problems Facing Families

This poll finds that health care costs rank among Americans’ top personal economic problems, and their struggles to deal with those costs have affected both their financial well-being and their family’s health care. Conducted by the Foundation’s public opinion researchers, the poll probes into the economic concerns facing Americans and…

New Study Examines the Current Spending on Health Care for the Uninsured and Projects the Cost of Additional Medical Care if the Population Were Insured

This study examines the current spending on care for the uninsured and projects additional medical spending if the population had health insurance coverage. The study finds that the uninsured will spend $30 billion out-of-pocket for health care in 2008 while receiving $56 billion in uncompensated care, three quarters of which…

Health Care Reform Newsmaker Series: Sen. Orrin Hatch

This May 7, 2009 webcast features Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), senior member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and ranking Republican on the panel’s Subcommittee on Health Care. The briefing was part of the Health Care Reform Newsmaker series sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA and the National…

Health Care Reform Newsmaker Series: Sen. Chris Dodd

This webcast captures an April 28, 2009 briefing with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The briefing was part of the Health Care Reform Newsmaker series sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Families USA and the National Federation of…

Testimony Related to Health Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation is frequently invited to provide expert testimony before Congress on key health care issues. Testimony At NAIC Exchanges Subgroup Public Hearing Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Gary Claxton, who directs the Foundation’s Marketplace Policy Project, testified July 22, 2010, before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’…

Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions About Medicaid’s Role

Medicaid plays a major role in covering more of the uninsured under the new health reform law. The new law includes a significant expansion of Medicaid, an individual requirement to obtain health insurance, and subsidies to help low-income individuals buy coverage through newly established Health Benefit Exchanges. This brief explains…

Summary of Key Changes to Medicare in 2010 Health Reform Law   

This brief provides a detailed look at the improvements in Medicare benefits, changes to payments for providers and Medicare Advantage plans, various demonstration projects and other Medicare provisions in the law. It includes a timeline of key dates for implementing the Medicare-related provisions in the law. Issue Brief (.pdf) Earlier…

How Will Uninsured Parents Be Affected By Health Reform?

This brief examines uninsured parents and how they could be affected by health reform, including estimates of how many might qualify for coverage under a Medicaid expansion, how many would be eligible for subsidies and how many would not be eligible for such help. Issue Brief (.pdf)