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State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus

Every state and Washington D.C. have eased or lifted at least one social distancing requirement -- including 32 states that have eased or lifted stay-at-home orders. From May 21 to May 28, restaurants reopened to dine-in service in 4 more states, and 4 more states eased or lifted their gatherings ban. Between May 28 to June 4, seven more states allowed restaurants to reopen to dine-in service.

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How Threatening The ACA Again Could Hurt Trump With Independent Voters

In his Axios column, Drew Altman shows how threatening the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Supreme Court, or overturning it, could hurt President Trump with independent voters, and says that could matter most in battleground states.

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Comparing Private Payer and Medicare Payment Rates for Select Inpatient Hospital Services

This issue brief analyzes hospital payments paid by private payers and by Medicare for a selection of inpatient services, including services requiring similar inpatient treatments to those used for COVID-19. It finds that private insurance payments for such services vary widely and exceed Medicare payment levels.

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What’s the Latest on Prescription Drug Proposals from the Trump Administration, Congress, and the Biden Campaign?

This slideshow explains the similarities and differences among major proposals to lower prescription drug costs introduced by the Trump Administration, members of Congress, and the Biden campaign.

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What’s the Latest on Prescription Drug Proposals from the Trump Administration, Congress, and the Biden Campaign?

This slideshow explains the similarities and differences among major proposals to lower prescription drug costs introduced by the Trump Administration, members of Congress, and the Biden campaign.

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Nearly 1 in 10 Health Care Workers Lost Their Job Between February and April, But Health Care Employment Rebounded Slightly in May

A new chart collection explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. health care workforce, and finds that between February and April 2020, nearly 1.5 million health care jobs were lost. While more than 300,000 health services jobs were recovered in May 2020, mainly in dental offices, employment in some health care settings continued to…More

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What Impact Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Had on Health Care Employment?

A new chart collection examines where changes in health care employment have been concentrated amid the coronavirus pandemic, and what these changes might tell us about short-term health spending. Health care employment decreased 9.5% from February through April 2020, as more than 1.5 million healthcare workers lost their jobs. While the health care sector added…More

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Preventive Services Tracker

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires new private health insurance plans to cover many recommended preventive services without any patient cost-sharing. This tracker presents up-to-date information on the adult preventive services nongrandfathered private plans must cover, by condition, including a summary of the recommendation, the target population, the effective date of coverage, and related federal coverage clarifications.

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How Have Health Care Utilization and Spending Changed So Far During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

A new chart collection summarizes what is known so far about how health costs and utilization have changed during the pandemic. This builds on a previous analysis exploring the potential cost of treating coronavirus hospitalizations, and a brief explaining the factors driving costs higher or lower and particular considerations for private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid.…More

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JAMA Forum: COVID-19 and Massive Job Losses Will Test the US Health Insurance Safety Net

In this May 2020 post for The JAMA Health Forum, Larry Levitt explores how the massive and rapid job losses of the past few months will test the ACA’s coverage safety net – and how different policies could strengthen or weaken it.

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Tracking Public Opinion on National Health Plan: Interactive

This interactive allows users to track public opinion on a national health plan using all nationally representatives polls conducted since 2016, with further analysis of how favorability toward such a plan may differ based on political party identification and question wording.

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KFF Health Tracking Poll – May 2020

This poll examines people's views on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as many states begin to re-open their states and the economy, including their expectations, experiences and attitudes about the government responses heading into Summer 2020. It also assesses voters' views ahead of the presidential election in November.

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Poll: Nearly Half of the Public Say They or a Family Member Skipped or Delayed Care Due to Coronavirus, But Most Plan to Get Care in the Coming Months

Nearly One in Four Expect a Family Member to Turn to Medicaid in the Coming Year, and Majorities across Party Lines Oppose Medicaid Cuts to Address State Budget Shortfalls Amid the threat of coronavirus, nearly half (48%) of Americans say someone in their family has skipped or delayed getting some type of medical care due…More

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Five Things to Know about the Cost of COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

This brief answer key questions on affordability of COVID-19 testing and treatment for people who are uninsured and those insured through private coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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