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5/19/2014

Health Care Reform: What's in it for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?

This fact sheet provides an overview of some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that help improve access to coverage and care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).

 
 

5/15/2014

Six Reasons Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up Next Year

Hint: the first reason is that health insurance premiums have gone up every year, since we started tracking these things, no matter what.

 
 

5/7/2014

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative Fact Sheet on Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

his fact sheet is to clarify some of the issues that may arise for Navigators when applicants and participants in the Marketplace need reasonable accommodations or policy modifications from Navigators, Assisters and Certified Application Counselors. It is intended to be a practical supplement that will help Navigators to evaluate how to best help consumers with various disabilities gain an equal opportunity to participate fully, privately and independently in all aspects of the Marketplace, including federally funded consumer assistance programs and activities.

 
 

5/1/2014

Reaching Vulnerable Populations Through Health Reform

The ACA has the potential to dramatically improve rates of health insurance coverage for low-income Americans, including many vulnerable populations. This fact sheet highlights particularly vulnerable populations that could benefit from insurance coverage, but may have trouble getting access, including: (1) racial and ethnic minority populations; (2) homeless individuals; (3) the jail-involved population; and (4) veterans. The fact sheet outlines opportunities to connect these individuals to coverage with an eye toward the next open enrollment period.

 
 

4/30/2014

Measuring Changes in Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

Website  from http://kff.org

This data note discusses the details and timing of some of the private and federal surveys that will be used to look at how coverage has changed due to the Affordable Care Act. Different surveys offer different information and insight into coverage under the ACA, and The Kaiser Family Foundation discusses the contributions and challenges in each type of effort.

 
 

4/29/2014

How is the ACA Impacting Medicaid Enrollment?

Website  from http://kff.org

In early April 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that as of the end of February 2014, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment had increased by over 3 million since open enrollment began for the new Health Insurance Marketplaces in October 2013. Understanding the ACA's impact on Medicaid enrollment remains complex given that the ACA promotes increased Medicaid enrollment in varied ways, including changes in eligibility, modernization and simplification of enrollment processes, and increased outreach and enrollment efforts. This brief discusses the new data and its interpretation to assess the influence of the ACA on Medicaid enrollment.

 
 

4/24/2014

The Affordable Care Act's Impact on Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment, and Benefits for People with Disabilities

Website  from http://kff.org

This issue brief explains how Medicaid eligibility and benefits for people with disabilities are affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules as of 2014. Marketplace rules are discussed to the extent that they relate to Medicaid eligibility determinations for people with disabilities.

 
 

4/23/2014

Those Long Lines to Enroll in the ACA

Website  from http://kff.org

On the last day of open enrollment for private insurance plans under Obamacare Twitter was full of powerful photographs of people waiting in long lines to sign up for coverage. The photos were a signal that the Administration was going to reach its goal of seven million exchange enrollees in year one; a remarkable comeback from the rollout woes of October and November. They also showed that people procrastinate, especially when it comes to insurance, just as they do when they file their taxes; about a quarter of all tax filings are made in the last two weeks before the deadline.

 
 

4/22/2014

How Much Financial Assistance are People Receiving Under the Affordable Care Act?

Website  from http://kff.org

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides premium subsidies to low and middle income people who buy insurance on their own through new health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges). This issue brief estimates the percentage of enrollees who have qualified for assistance, the number of subsidized enrollees, subsidized enrollees as a percentage of those eligible, the average subsidy per enrollee, and total premium subsidies in the state based on enrollment data as of March 1, 2014.

 
 

4/18/2014

Everything you Need to Know about Obamacare

Vox Media explains the Affordable Care Act in 28 slides.

 
 

4/18/2014

FAQs on ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained

ACOs have become one of the most talked about new ideas in the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News explains what they are and how they work.

 
 

4/15/2014

The ACA and People with Developmental Disabilities

A Resource from the West Virginia DD Council

This easy-to-understand document provides an overview of what the ACA means for people with developmental disabilities.

 
 

4/4/2014

Medicaid Expansion Through Premium Assistance: Arkansas, Iowa, and Pennsylvania's Proposals Compared

Website  from http://kff.org

Arkansas, Iowa, and Pennsylvania have proposed implementing the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) Medicaid expansion by using Medicaid funds as premium assistance to purchase coverage in Marketplace Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) for some or all newly eligible beneficiaries. This fact sheet compares the states' proposals.

 
 

3/27/2014

Obamacare: The Metrics in the News are Mostly Wrong

Website  from http://kff.org

In this post, Kaiser Family Foundation President Drew Altman explains why judging the success of the Affordable Care Act by total enrollment figures or young adult enrollment is "the equivalent of judging the local weather from national averages."

 
 

3/19/2014

Visualizing Health Policy: What Americans Pay for Health Insurance Under the ACA

Website  from http://kff.org

The March 2014 Visualizing Health Policy infographic shows examples of what Americans will pay for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, using different scenarios for 40-year-old individuals living in different parts of the country.

 
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