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Medicaid at 50: Its Impact in Your State

July 13, 2015

As part of our series marking Medicaid’s 50th anniversary on July 30, we’ve analyzed state-by-state data on how Medicaid improves access to health care for millions of families and individuals.

Medicaid helps low-income seniors, children, and people with disabilities get needed health care.  Medicaid coverage also improves families’...

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A Congressional Budget Dictionary

March 27, 2015

Congressional Republicans are using complicated — and likely poll-tested — language to make their budget plans’ deep spending cuts and dramatic structural changes in key programs for low- and moderate-income people sound benign and even positive.

As Budget Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) noted before the plans’ release, “From the standpoint of a budget, the less words of the...

Health Reform Moves Forward as House Votes (Again) to Repeal

May 16, 2013

The House is expected to vote today, for the 37th time, to repeal part or all of health reform.  Nevertheless, in the nearly two and a half years since the first such vote, health reform has made...

4 Things We Won’t Achieve If Congress Repeals Health Reform

July 11, 2012

The House of Representatives plans to vote today yet again on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  With that vote pending, it’s a good time to look at some of the law’s key provisions that would die under a repeal.

Yesterday, we listed four pieces of the...

4 Things We Would Lose If Congress Repealed Health Reform

July 10, 2012

The House of Representatives plans to vote tomorrow on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act — that is, health reform.  As with previous repeal votes, we think this is a good time to look at key provisions that are already having an impact.

1. Health insurance for 3.1 million young adults. Health reform requires insurers and employers that offer...

Health Reform: What’s at Stake

June 14, 2012

Predicting how the Supreme Court will rule this month on the Affordable Care Act has become a popular parlor game in Washington, D.C.  Adding to the chatter, health insurance companies UnitedHealth,...

Individual Mandate Will Benefit All, But Directly Affect Only a Few

March 27, 2012

The Supreme Court examined today the requirement in the Affordable Care Act (that is, health reform) that individuals have health coverage or face a penalty.  Apart from the legal questions before the Court, here’s what Americans need to know about this “individual mandate.”

It won’t affect the vast majority of Americans. Most Americans already have insurance...

Happy Birthday Health Reform, Part 3: Three Things You Probably Don’t Know About Health Reform

March 26, 2012

Two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — health reform — into law, opponents continue to make many of the same false claims that they made before Congress passed it.  Repeating those claims hasn’t made them true, but it may have obscured some simple facts about health reform, like these:

FACT #1: The vast majority of Americans will continue to get coverage...

Happy Birthday Health Reform, Part 2: A Look Ahead

March 26, 2012

Part 1 of this series looked at some of the benefits that the Affordable Care Act — that is, health reform — has delivered in just its first two years.  But some of the law’s most dramatic improvements to both the...

Happy Birthday Health Reform, Part 1: A Look Back

March 23, 2012

Two years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — health reform — into law.  Millions of Americans already are experiencing the benefits, and other important parts of the law are starting to move forward.  This series of posts...