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How Do Health Expenditures Vary Across the Population?

This slideshow explores the variation in health spending across the population through an analysis of the 2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data. The analysis shows that the 1% of the population with the highest spending accounted for almost one quarter of health spending (23%) and that the top 5% of the population is responsible for almost half of all spending. It also examines spending variation across different demographic and health factors, including age, gender, race, insurance status and presence of certain health conditions.

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Initiative 18|11: What Can We Do About The Cost Of Health Care?

This conference report summarizes discussions at a March 2018 conference in Washington with 30 leaders from the health care community to launch Initiative 18/11, a partnership between the Society of Actuaries and KFF to address the rising cost of health care in the United States. It also lays out the next steps for the initiative.

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Larry Levitt Answers 3 Questions on Calif. Governor’s Proposed Individual Mandate, Expanded Subsidies

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced broad plans to the state’s health care system almost immediately after taking the oath of office. Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Health Reform at KFF, answers three questions about what the plan's individual mandate and expanded subsidies could mean for the state and nationwide.

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The Detail That Could Make Medicare for All Generous — and Expensive

In this Axios column, Drew Altman wades in to the Medicare for All discussion focusing on the pros and cons of a critical but under-discussed feature of the proposals-they have no cost sharing.

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The Detail That Could Make Medicare for All Generous — and Expensive

In this Axios column, Drew Altman wades in to the Medicare for All discussion focusing on the pros and cons of a critical but under-discussed feature of the proposals-they have no cost sharing.

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If the Affordable Care Act is Struck Down, Nearly All Americans Would Be Affected in Some Way

The Affordable Care Act’s changes to the nation’s health care system are so widespread that nearly all Americans would be affected in some way if a federal judge’s decision ruling the entire law unconstitutional is upheld, according to a new analysis from KFF (the Kaiser Family Foundation). While the changes to the individual insurance market…More

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Potential Impact of Texas v. U.S. Decision on Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

On December 14, 2018, a federal trial court judge ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional in Texas v. U.S. While the trial court’s ruling is likely not the last word on the ACA’s constitutionality, this brief considers the complex and far-reaching impact were the entire law ultimately held to be invalid.

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6 Charts About Public Opinion On The Affordable Care Act

This compiles key polling data examining the favorability of the ACA and its provisions, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the law's individual mandate penalty, which Congress eliminated effective in 2019.

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Health Spending Explorer

The Health Spending Explorer on the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker helps users examine five decades worth of numbers documenting expenditures by federal and local governments, private insurers, and individuals on 15 categories of health services, including hospitals, physician and clinic care, and prescription drugs.

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Updated Health Spending Explorer Features the Latest National Data

The latest data on U.S. health spending are now available on the Health Spending Explorer, an interactive tool that allows users to explore trends in health expenditures by federal and local governments, insurers, service providers, and individuals. The data, which span from 1960 to 2017, are based on the just-released national health spending report from the…More

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4.2 Million Uninsured People Could Get a Bronze Plan in the ACA Marketplace with $0 Premiums After Tax Credits

We have data on the number and share of uninsured in each state who have access to free bronze plans.

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How Many of the Uninsured Can Purchase a Marketplace Plan for Free?

This analysis looks at how many of the remaining uninsured are eligible for premium subsidies that are large enough to cover the entire cost of a bronze plan, which is the minimum level of coverage available on the Marketplaces. It estimates 27% of uninsured individuals who could shop on the ACA Marketplace, or 4.2 million people nationwide, are eligible to purchase a bronze plan with $0 premiums after subsidies in 2019.

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New Rules for Section 1332 Waivers: Changes and Implications

On October 22, 2018, the Trump administration released new guidance on Section 1332 waivers established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new guidance may encourage states to use 1332 waiver authority to make broader changes to insurance coverage for their residents, including to promote the sale of, and apply subsidies to, ACA non-compliant policies. On November 29, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a discussion paper outlining a set of waiver concepts designed to provide states with a roadmap for developing waiver applications that use the flexibility granted under the new guidance. This issue brief describes the new guidance, highlighting key changes from the 2015 guidance, describes how state waiver activity may change, particularly in light of the waiver concepts put forward by CMS, and discusses possible implications of the changes.

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What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

This slideshow looks at past, present and future trends in prescription drug spending with a focus on the role of specialty drugs.

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