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March 24, 2017

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, and food assistance.

On health care, Robert Greenstein explained that the House Republican health bill would likely represent the greatest assault on modest-income Americans of any

Even With Tax Credit Increase for Older Consumers, Total Consumer Costs Would Rise Sharply Under House GOP Bill
March 24, 2017

We explained earlier today why a Republican leadership plan to add $15 billion for behavioral health treatment and maternity coverage and newborn care to the House health bill would do little to offset the enormous damage that the underlying bill would do to...

March 24, 2017

Due to the proposal in the House Republican health bill to convert Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant, the aging of baby boomers would likely exacerbate the federal Medicaid spending cuts over the long run.

The Congressional Budget Office already estimates that the version of the legislation that the House Budget Committee approved recently would cut federal Medicaid spending...

Growing Share of Seniors Will Be 85 or Older
March 24, 2017

I’ve already explained that if the pending House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becomes law, plans that people buy on their own will be far skimpier — as bad as, or worse than, before the ACA.  That’s because the bill would eliminate the ACA’s essential...

March 24, 2017

Republicans argue that repealing the ten “essential health benefits” that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires every health plan to cover would simply allow states to make their own choices about what benefits to require. In practice, as we’ve explained, the House GOP...

Stethoscope and American Flag
March 24, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan says the House Republican health bill would lower premiums by 10 percent, but that’s highly misleading.  It doesn’t mean that the price of your insurance plan would be lower, as Ryan implies.  In fact, people who wanted to keep the insurance plan that they have would face premium...

In Focus: House GOP Health Plan Would Raise Individual-Market Premiums
March 24, 2017
No one should fall for it — a one-time $15 billion investment with little direction on how to spend the funds wouldn’t come close to offsetting the enormous damage that the underlying House bill would do to millions of people who would lose these important categories of care.
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March 23, 2017

We’ve explained that eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum benefit standards (“Essential Health Benefits,” or EHB) for individual and small-group market plans, as House Republican leaders are...

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March 23, 2017

The White House and House Republican leaders are reportedly negotiating with House Freedom Caucus members to eliminate federal minimum benefit (“Essential Health Benefits”) standards for individual and small-group market plans as part of the House health bill.  That would leave...

March 21, 2017

While drastically cutting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium tax credits, the House Republican health bill also eliminates the other, lesser-known marketplace subsidies — cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) — that reduce deductibles, co-payments, and other out...