Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – Late Summer 2018: The Election, Pre-Existing Conditions, and Surprises on Medical Bills

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll continues to find pre-existing conditions as a widespread concern with most Americans saying it is very important that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions remain law. With health care costs continuing to be a major topic in the 2018 campaigns, the poll looks at […]

Poll: The ACA’s Pre-Existing Condition Protections Remain Popular with the Public, including Republicans, As Legal Challenge Looms This Week

Public Not Confident in President Trump’s Calls on Drug Companies to Lower Prices As a federal court considers a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality, the public, including most Republicans, wants protections for people with pre-existing conditions preserved, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds. Large majorities of Americans say it is “very…More […]

Advance Care Planning

Welcome to September, which just happens to be Healthy Aging Month! With that in mind, the National Institute on Aging released a pretty cool infographic on something near to our hearts here at AzHHA…..Advance Care Planning. As we have mentioned before, most of us make important decisions every day. Those decisions might to relate to our […]

New Chart Collection Examines the Public’s Malleable Views Around a National Health Plan and Expanding Access to Medicare

For many years, the Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion on the idea of national health plan. Since the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rallying cry for “Medicare-for-all,” our polls have shown a modest increase in support for the idea of a national health plan, and broad support for proposals…More […]

Public Opinion on Single-Payer, National Health Plans, and Expanding Access to Medicare Coverage

Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion on the idea of a national health plan and finds a modest recent increase in support for a national health plan over time, and broader support for proposals that expand Medicare, particularly optional expansion plans. As the 2018 midterm elections approach, it is unclear that this issue […]

Let’s Talk: Opioid Misuse Prevention

Most of us now realize the devastating impact the opioid crisis is having on our state. But did you know we are making great strides to help those Arizonans who continue to struggle with this ongoing epidemic? To that end, tomorrow is National Opioid Misuse Prevention Day, so today we wanted to raise awareness and share what organizations across the state […]

Uncompensated Care

Uncompensated care is the total cost of healthcare services provided to patients who are either unable or unwilling to pay. This includes both charity care and bad debt. The uncompensated care  costs incurred by hospitals are typically shifted to private insurance companies, along with Medicare and Medicaid underpayments for services rendered. This is referred to […]

New Analysis Maps Prevalence of Pre-Existing Conditions by Metro Area

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis maps rates of pre-existing conditions across 130 metropolitan and micropolitan areas in the U.S., finding that even within the same state, the prevalence of such conditions can vary substantially. For example, 34 percent of residents of Florence, South Carolina have a pre-existing condition, but further south in Charleston and…More […]

Mapping Pre-existing Conditions across the U.S.

This brief estimates the share of adults with pre-existing conditions by metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area (MMSA), and finds that in some areas, nearly four in ten have so-called declinable medical conditions that could lead to denials of individual insurance coverage based on pre-ACA underwriting guidelines. Source: Reports on Health Reform issues from the Kaiser […]