Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman dissects the outcomes of last week's midterm elections, including votes to expand Medicaid coverage.
The skepticism about work requirements and benefit time limits may be related to strong public approval of the Medicaid program, which covers more than 70 million Americans.
The employer-sponsored health insurance market is stable, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust's latest employer health benefit survey found. Still, increased cost-sharing has left many employees unable to afford care.
Chu is leaving his role at Memorial Hermann Health System effective immediately.
Healthcare CEOs are hiding behind industry lobbying groups instead of publicly using their power to push for changes in the Republicans' healthcare reform bill.
While more than a quarter of people surveyed by the Kaiser Family Foundation after the election want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, nearly half want to either expand it or keep it as it is.
Healthcare pricing concerns are making a late run for relevance as the presidential campaign heads down the homestretch. Unfortunately, too much attention is being paid to price hikes on the Obamacare exchanges, which affect only a thin sliver of the population.
Policy experts say the projected double-digit hikes are unlikely to affect the majority of people who enroll in health plans through the federal exchange. At the same time, benchmark premiums in some states, including Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio, will increase only slightly or even decrease in 2017.
Health policy experts say there are relatively straightforward changes that would strengthen the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with the key goal of getting more younger, healthier people to enroll.
Wildly different experiences with the ACA marketplaces have played out across 34 not-for-profit and mutual Blue Cross and Blue Shield brands, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of financial filings.
A panel gathered by the Kaiser Family Foundation also warned that prescription drugs are being left in the world of fee-for-service payments as other areas shift toward value-based reimbursement.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed just 9.1% of Americans had no health insurance in 2015, the lowest rate ever recorded and a figure that has been pinned to the ACA coverage expansion. Uninsured rates went down across nearly all races, age groups and income levels from 2014 to 2015.