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Rural Residents Face Especially Big Cuts in Premium Help Under House Plan

March 13, 2017

The House Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) tax credit with a flat credit would disproportionately hurt marketplace enrollees in rural areas, as our new paper shows.

Unlike the ACA’s credit, which is tied to the...

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GOP Tax Credit Proposal No Substitute for the ACA’s Flexible Credit

March 2, 2017

A leaked draft House Republican health proposal includes a tax credit to help Americans buy health insurance, but it would fall far short of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) tax credits that more than 10 million families used in 2016...

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IRS: ACA’s Coverage Requirement Still in Effect

February 16, 2017

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate remains in force, so taxpayers “should file their tax returns as they normally would,” the IRS reminded taxpayers yesterday. Specifically, they should continue to indicate on their tax return whether they were insured last year or exempt from the...

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Who Are the 30 Million Who Would Lose Coverage Under ACA Repeal?

January 25, 2017

New Urban Institute state fact sheets describe the nearly 30 million adults and children who would lose coverage in each state by 2019 if the new Republican majority repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — with details by income, age, employment status, race, and education...

Coverage Loss Would Hit poor and Near-Poor Especially Hard in Ohio

Health Care Providers Face Big Financial Hit From ACA Repeal

January 6, 2017

Hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers would lose nearly $1.7 trillion in revenue between 2019 and 2028 if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, and the demand for uncompensated care for the roughly 30 million newly uninsured would rise by nearly $1.1 trillion, a new Urban Institute...

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Repealing ACA Would More Than Double Children’s Uninsured Rate

December 22, 2016

Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would undo the historic recent gains in children’s health coverage, a new Urban Institute report finds. Some 4.4 million children would lose coverage by 2019 and the children’s uninsured rate, which has fallen from...

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“Universal Access”: Signs that a GOP Health Plan Will Leave Millions Uninsured

December 16, 2016

House Republicans are reportedly lowering the bar on their promise to craft a health reform replacement plan after they repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) early next year.  Rather than aim for universal coverage — ­insuring as many people as possible — and committing to provide coverage for those left uninsured by ACA repeal, House Republicans appear to be downgrading their goal to “...

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Repealing Health Reform: the State-by-State Impact

December 8, 2016

Our new state-by-state fact sheets on the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacing it, as Republican congressional leaders plan to do, show that in 2019, in every state tens of thousands of people would lose health insurance coverage — and in seven states (California, Florida,...

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Enrollees Aren’t Abusing Marketplace Grace Period

October 14, 2016

Despite claims by insurers and critics, people who receive subsidies to help pay for coverage in health insurance marketplaces aren’t abusing their three-month grace period for paying overdue premiums, as I explain in a new paper

Those who receive such subsidies have three months to pay...

In Focus: Enrollees Leave Marketplace Health Plans Gradually Throughout the Year

IRS Doing Its Job to Inform Public About Insurance Options

September 27, 2016

The IRS is launching a new initiative to inform millions of people who didn’t have health insurance in 2015 about the affordable coverage options they may have for 2017.  While the IRS’s efforts have come under fire from some in Congress, federal law clearly requires it to share this...

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