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Federal Marketplace Improvements Will Help Enrollees Get Proper Subsidies

April 27, 2015

A recent change in how the federal marketplace calculates tax subsidies to help people afford health coverage will help ensure that people get the right subsidies next year when they renew their coverage, making it less likely that they’ll have to repay money when they file their 2016 taxes.  It’s one of a number of ways the Administration is improving the federal marketplace to serve people...

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Restoring Medicaid Payment Bump Would Improve Access to Care

February 3, 2015

The President’s 2016 budget would reinstate health reform’s temporary boost in Medicaid payments for primary care services and extend it to more providers.  It’s a sound proposal, as new evidence shows the rate increase accomplished its goal of improving access to health care by encouraging providers to accept new Medicaid patients.

Medicaid enrollment has risen significantly since...

Auto-Renewal Not the Best Option for Enrollees in Federal Insurance Marketplace

November 21, 2014

People who bought private health insurance last year through the federally run marketplace could pay more than they should next year unless they return to the marketplace to renew coverage, our new paper explains.

That’s because they will be automatically re-enrolled in the same plan in 2015, with the...

New Study Shows Link Between Medicaid Coverage of Prenatal and Infant Care and Better Long-Term Health Outcomes

September 4, 2014

The benefits of good prenatal and infant care for a child’s development are well documented, so it makes sense that improving access to care by expanding Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and children would produce long-term gains.  A new study suggests that as well.

University of Michigan researchers examined...

The Tax Rules That Health Care Assisters Need to Know

July 31, 2014

“Navigators” and others helping people apply for health coverage need to understand basic tax filing rules because eligibility for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and premium tax credits for coverage bought through federal and state Marketplaces is based on Internal Revenue Code definitions of income and household.  We’ve developed...

President’s Budget Reaffirms Federal Commitment to Pay for Nearly All of Medicaid Expansion

March 13, 2014

As policymakers in a number of states debate whether to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion, opponents continue to claim that the federal government, in the name of deficit reduction, will inevitably renege on its commitment to fund nearly all of the cost and instead shift large costs to states.  As Florida state senator Jeff Brandes...

More Evidence That Medicaid Expansion Makes Fiscal Sense for States

January 29, 2014

Armed with new data, Virginia’s Medicaid agency estimates that adopting health reform’s Medicaid expansion — which it originally estimated would cost the state $137 million through 2022 — would actually save the state more than $1 billion over that period.  That echoes what we’ve...

Ryan Budget, Not Medicaid, Creates a Two-Tiered Health Care System

April 5, 2013

Medicaid beneficiaries have very good access to quality health care, despite claims to the contrary that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has made to justify his proposal to convert Medicaid to a block grant.

As we’ve...

More Support for Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion

November 27, 2012

A recent New Jersey Star-Ledger editorial called on Governor Chris Christie to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion for low-income adults, explaining in part:

More than 300,000 working adults without health insurance . . . aren’t eligible for Medicaid...

Idaho Shows Why Medicaid Expansion Is a Good Deal for States

November 15, 2012

A recent analysis conducted for Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare supports what we’ve been saying all along:  health reform’s Medicaid expansion to cover all low-income...

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