Kaiser Family Foundation

Florida is one of nine states that have taken on unexpected health care bills by passing comprehensive regulations. 

Poll: Support For 'Medicare-For-all' Fluctuates With Details

Jan 23, 2019
Medicare.gov

"Medicare-for-all" makes a good first impression, but support plunges when people are asked if they'd pay higher taxes or put up with treatment delays to get it.

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Open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has started, and people might notice their premiums going up.  That’s because of two changes to the law.

Once again, Medicare is moving front and center in this fall's campaigns.

Throughout the election season, Democrats have been criticizing Republicans over votes and lawsuits that would eliminate insurance protections for pre-existing conditions for consumers.

But now Republicans are working to change the health care conversation with a tried-and-true technique used by both parties over the years: telling seniors their Medicare coverage may be in danger.

CVS store
WMFE

A $69 billion merger between CVS and Aetna has been approved by the Department of Justice. This will consolidate the number of prescription drug plans available to consumers in the short-term.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Health insurance premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored plans are costing workers more this year, according to a report from Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Education Trust 2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey

Americans who buy health insurance through their employer are paying more for their monthly premiums, a new study shows.

HealthCare.gov

Health insurance premiums for nearly 600,000 Floridians could increase more than 10 percent next year, according to proposed rates released Monday on the federal healthCare.gov website.

Costs for Florida consumers buying individual plans could increase as much as 60 percent for companies such as UnitedHealthcare, the proposed rates show.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Signing up for health insurance is no fun, especially for those unfamiliar with the industry’s terms and concepts. And according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey, few people excel in that area.

Family Premiums Rise Modestly: Survey

Sep 11, 2014

Premiums for job-based insurance rose modestly for the third consecutive year, reflecting slowed spending, even as key elements of the federal health care law went into effect.

Family premiums rose 3 percent in 2014, one of the lowest increases tracked since the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust began surveying employers in 1999. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

With 800,000 uninsured Floridians stuck in the “coverage gap” - too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act - the focus is turning on what can be done to help. 

The Florida Legislature turned down the option of accepting $51 billion in federal funds that would have provided them health coverage last year. With only one week left in this year's session, those in the gap - 20 percent of Florida’s uninsured - will most likely be left hanging.

Around 17 million Americans, including almost 1.6 million Floridians, qualify for subsidized premiums for 2014 on the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. (The subsidies are actually tax credits taken upfront, at the point of purchase.) 

Meanwhile, a separate study from McKinsey & Co. shows that 20 to 25 percent of uninsured Floridians should be eligible for a plan with no premium, after discounts are taken. Nationally, the study estimates that 6 to 7 million could qualify for zero-premium bronze plans.

The strange result of the Florida House's decision not to expand Medicaid is that there are 763,890  Floridians whose incomes are too low to receive subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

While the Affordable Care Act is still six months away from being fully implemented, employers are looking at healthcare by the numbers - namely 49 and 29, according to the Ocala Star Banner. (Editor’s note: Readers may encounter paywall.)

Using a revised version of the Census Bureau's poverty measure, which takes into account medical expenses, the rate of poverty among those 65 and older is much higher than previously estimated, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Results of a new poll of Medicaid opinion in five Deep South states matches those found in Florida three months ago: A majority of those surveyed favor expansion of the health-insurance program for the poor, yet their state lawmakers are blocking it.

Two-thirds of adults in South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama told surveyors they  support the expansion, according to Kaiser Health News