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A Federal Covid Testing Plan Finally Ramps Up. Strings Are Attached.

In this commentary for Barron's, Cynthia Cox and Lindsey Dawson examine the cost and availability of at-home COVID-19 tests and how the new Biden administration policy requiring private insurances to cover their costs may work. 

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Why Medicare’s Aduhelm Coverage Decision Could Increase Pressure on Officials to Roll Back the Record Part B Premium Increase for 2022

In a new Policy Watch, KFF experts explain why Medicare’s preliminary decision to cover a new Alzheimer’s drug only for a limited group of beneficiaries is likely to intensify pressure on officials to reconsider the increase in the Medicare Part B premium for 2022. Earlier this week, CMS issued a preliminary National Coverage Determination that…More

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‘In Focus with KFF’: What to Know About the New Ban on Surprise Bills

In this new video, KFF Senior Fellow Karen Pollitz explains why surprise bills have been such a major problem for patients, the new federal ban on the practice, and how patients can get help if they received a surprise bill.

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Unvaccinated COVID patients cost the U.S. health system billions of dollars

This updated analysis for the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker estimates that the preventable costs of treating unvaccinated patients in hospitals total $13.8 billion during the six-month period from June through November when the delta variant led to a surge in admissions.

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National Health Spending Explorer

The Health Spending Explorer on the Peterson-KFF 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

New 2020 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 2020, are based on the just-released national health spending report from…More

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Characteristics of Vaccinated Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19 Breakthrough Infections

This brief describes the characteristics of fully vaccinated hospitalized patients who have COVID-19 breakthrough infections, in comparison to people who are not fully vaccinated and hospitalized with COVID-19.

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“Breakthrough” COVID-19 Hospitalizations Among Fully Vaccinated Patients Occur Most Often among Older Adults and Involve People with Chronic Health Conditions

“Breakthrough” hospitalizations involving COVID-19 among people who are fully vaccinated against the disease most often affected older adults and people with other chronic health conditions, finds a new analysis of hospital data from June through September by KFF and Epic Research. More than two-thirds (69%) of breakthrough COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred among people ages 65 and…More

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Americans’ Challenges with Health Care Costs

This brief summarizes KFF's most recent polling on the public’s experiences and challenges with health care costs, and it highlights the consequences of high health care costs on the uninsured and those with lower incomes.

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Build Back Better Would Change the Ways Low-Income People get Health Insurance

The Build Back Better Act would make a number of changes to the way people get health insurance and how health care is financed, including by temporarily closing the Medicaid coverage gap.

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COVID-19 preventable mortality and leading cause of death ranking

This updated analysis finds that in November 2021, COVID-19 ranked as the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., up from 7th in July, due to the more infectious delta variant, insufficient vaccination, and reduced social distancing. At least 163,000 deaths from COVID-19 between June and November could have been prevented with vaccines.

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Health Employment Continues Slow Recovery Since the Beginning of the Pandemic

Unlike past recessions, the health sector saw a big drop in employment in early 2020 similar to other sectors as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the nation’s economy and remains below expected employment levels through November 2021, a new KFF chart collection shows. The chart collection takes a deep dive into the Bureau…More

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

This chart collection takes a deep dive into employment data  to analyze how jobs and wages in the health sector shrank and recovered during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The No Surprises Act Begins January 2022: This is What You Can Expect

The “No Surprises Act,” which establishes new federal protections against most surprise out-of-network medical bills when a patient receives out-of-network services during an emergency visit or from a provider at an in-network hospital without advance notice, will take effect next month. A new KFF brief outlines what to expect in 2022, summarizing key provisions that…More

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