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Trump Administration Finalizes Rule that Will Raise Consumer Costs, Discourage Enrollment and Weaken Marketplaces

April 13, 2017

The Trump Administration released a final rule for the individual health insurance market that will raise consumers' deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs, reduce premium tax credits that help millions of people buy insurance and make it harder for people to enroll in coverage.

While the Administration claims the changes are needed to stabilize the insurance market, many of them...

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Pre-ACA Health Insurance Market Isn’t Worth Returning To

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...

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If “Essential Health Benefits” Standards Are Repealed, Health Plans Would Cover Little

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...

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Interactive Map: Cost-Sharing Subsidies at Risk Under House GOP Health Bill

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...

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House Republican Plan Needs $100 Billion Fund to Maintain Individual Insurance Market

March 15, 2017

The House Republican health care bill would destabilize the individual insurance market, raising premiums and reducing insurer participation. To address that problem, the bill provides a $100 billion “stability fund” to help insurers and finance other state initiatives. That’s a major reason why the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)...

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Trump Health Rule Would Raise Consumer Costs, Discourage Enrollment, Weaken Marketplaces

February 15, 2017

The Trump Administration proposed a sweeping rule for the individual health insurance market today that would raise consumers’ deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs, reduce premium tax credits that help millions of people buy insurance, and make it harder to enroll in...

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Trump Proposals Could Make Marketplace Coverage More Expensive, Less Accessible

February 7, 2017

The Trump Administration appears poised to propose changes for the individual health insurance market that would raise premiums for older Americans, raise deductibles, and make it harder for consumers to enroll in coverage.

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House Republicans’ Short-Term Health Proposals Don’t Address Repeal Disaster

February 1, 2017

Congressional Republicans who are leading efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) say they’re a "rescue party" for the individual health insurance market, but their ideas don't...

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Senators’ ACA Replacement Won’t Likely Give States, Patients the Choices They Seek

January 24, 2017

Senators Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins say their new proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would allow people who like the coverage they have to keep it. But now that we have more details about the proposal, it’s hard to see how that could be so...

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Health Coverage Gains for Small-Business Workers at Risk

January 9, 2017

Millions of people who work for small businesses have gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a benefit of health reform that hasn’t received much attention but is under threat as congressional Republicans move to repeal the law.

The number of uninsured employees of small businesses (those with fewer than 50 workers) dropped by 4.1 million between 2013 and 2015 and their...

Big Health Coverage Gains for Small-Business Workers Under Health Reform

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