Planning Ahead

They thought it was a possibility. So, when it happened late last week…..they were not caught off guard. And that might be good news for Arizonans. From ABC15 in Phoenix: The two insurance companies that sell individual health insurance plans on federal exchanges in Arizona planned for the possibility that President Donald Trump would end […]

Change Is In The Air

It didn’t take much. A simple stroke of the pen. President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday that will stop payments to health insurers that make it possible for lower-income Americans to afford coverage. What does it mean? Here are some thoughts from across the country. From National Public Radio (NPR): President Trump’s decision […]

Poll: 7 in 10 Want the Trump Administration to Make the Affordable Care Act Work Rather Than Make it Fail

As the Trump administration begins implementing Thursday’s executive order aimed at providing alternatives to the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace plans, a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds a large majority of the public (71%) want President Trump and his administration to do what they can to make the current law work. Fielded just prior to…More […]

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – October 2017: Open Enrollment and the ACA Marketplaces

The October Kaiser Health Tracking Poll focuses on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces as the November 1st open enrollment period approaches, amidst a period of uncertainty on the future of the individual market. The survey finds the majority of the public think it is more important for President Trump and Congress to work on […]

Work To Do Re: Mental Health

The good news…..most Americans are now more willing to talk about mental health issues than in years past. The bad news….stigmas and misperceptions remain. That, according to a recent survey by Kaiser Permanente. From HealthDay.com: The survey, of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, found that 70 percent said they feel people are more open to […]

World Mental Health Day

Raising awareness and generating engagement around innovative efforts in support of mental health. That was the overarching objective of World Mental Health Day yesterday. Fortune.com found some sobering statistics regarding how deeply mental health issues are affecting Americans. 1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year. 1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults […]

Web Briefing for Journalists: Marketplace Open Enrollment in the Trump Era

Nov. 1, 2017 marks the beginning of the first Affordable Care Act marketplace open enrollment under the Trump administration. Though the 2010 health law remains intact for now, consumers will see fundamental differences this year when it comes to signing up for 2018 marketplace plans. The enrollment period is shorter. Healthcare.gov will experience regular planned…More […]

Survey: Adjusting to Sudden Reduction in Federal Funds, ACA Navigators Expect to Decrease Services

Many navigator organizations responsible for helping consumers understand and sign up for health coverage in 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces say steep federal funding reductions that recently took effect will likely force them to limit their geographic service area, cut back outreach and public education, lay off staff members, and curtail other assistance, according…More […]

Data Note: Changes in 2017 Federal Navigator Funding

This data note analyzes federal funding changes for Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace navigators in 2017 and discusses the implications for both the navigators and consumers. It presents results of a Kaiser Family Foundation online survey of federal marketplace (FFM) navigator programs and includes insights from a roundtable meeting of more than 40 navigators co-hosted […]

Executive Order on Health Insurance

President Donald Trump is said to be finalizing an executive order to bring changes to the health insurance market after two failed attempts to repeal Obamacare. Time Magazine wrote that the executive order, “would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move […]