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Take Action to Get Health Coverage and Stay Covered

February 16, 2017

Some consumers may wonder whether to take steps to get and keep health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), given continual news about Republican plans to repeal the ACA, but the clear answer is, yes, take action. These plans provide access to medical care that includes free preventive services. Otherwise, individuals and families can find themselves uninsured and exposed to financial...

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Sabotage Watch: Are ACA Opponents Trying to Undercut Enrollment So There’s Less Coverage to Replace?

January 31, 2017

This is the first in a series of posts that will track policy or process changes that would sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) even without President Trump and Congress repealing it. These efforts put the health security of people at risk by weakening coverage, raising premiums, and reducing insurer participation in the individual insurance market.

Recent Trump...

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Still Time to Enroll in 2017 Health Coverage, But Act Fast

January 23, 2017

It’s not too late to sign up for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace health plan, but uninsured people should act quickly. The 2017 open enrollment door shuts on January 31.

With media reporting on Republicans’ plans to repeal the ACA, it’s no surprise that over 40,000 concerned consumers...

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Affordable Care Act Signups Continue Rising

January 11, 2017

More than 11.5 million people have already signed up for health plans in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces during this year’s open enrollment period, which ends January 31, the Department of Health and Human Services reports. As of December 24, signups outpaced last year by...

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Now’s the Time to Enroll in Marketplace Health Plans

December 14, 2016

People who want to sign up for health plans in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplaces must do so by December 15 for their coverage to start on January 1. The open enrollment period — when people can newly enroll in a plan or change plans — runs until January 31, but coverage for people signing up after December 15 won’t start until February or March.  This is also the time for...

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Latinos’ Uninsured Rate Down by One-Third

September 29, 2016

As events and educational activities mark this year’s Hispanic Heritage month, we are marking recent progress in expanding health coverage among Latinos and seeking further progress.

The share of Latinos without health insurance has fallen by one-third since 2013, from 24.4 percent to 16.2 percent, the latest Census data show.  Much of...

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New Guide: Using Schools to Reach Uninsured Families

August 19, 2016

Nearly half of the nation’s uninsured people who are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) live in families with at least one school-age child, research shows.  That makes schools a good place to reach uninsured families.  Our new...

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Louisiana Blazing Trail for Streamlined Medicaid Enrollment

July 12, 2016

Louisiana has earned lots of attention for jump-starting Medicaid enrollment of more than 235,000 people on July 1, the first day of its Medicaid expansion.  Less celebrated but also important, it’s the first state to use a recent...

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States Can Use Existing Information to Reduce Number of Uninsured

April 14, 2016

More than 1.8 million uninsured people eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are in families participating in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), new data from the Urban Institute show.  That’s more than 20 percent of the 9.1...

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Medicaid Data Can Connect Low-Income Children to School Meals

March 17, 2016

Growing up in a family that can’t always afford an adequate diet can have lasting effects on children’s health and development.  A new federal initiative will make it easier for low-income children who receive Medicaid to get free or reduced-price meals at school automatically, with no application required.  The Agriculture Department (USDA) will offer a...

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