Four important Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provisions that provide health coverage to families who leave welfare for work, assist low-income seniors and people with disabilities with their Medicare premiums, and increase the proportion of eligible low-income children who are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP are expiring and now need to be extended.
Extensions of these measures should be included in end-of-year legislation that Congress moves either this month or next, such as legislation to extend the annual relief provided for doctors from scheduled cuts in the Medicare reimbursement rates they receive. Read more
The Obama Administration announced last week that, for current enrollees, insurance companies may extend into 2015 any health plans they offer in the individual or small-group market that do not comply with health reform’s standards and consumer protections.
Congress, however, may consider proposals that go further — including a bill sponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu and Joe Manchin — that risk unraveling key components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by causing premiums to rise significantly in the new health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges) and undercutting the law’s reforms to the individual health insurance market. Read more
Medicaid is a federal-state public insurance program that provides health coverage to nearly 65 million low-income Americans, including children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) gives states matching federal funds to provide health coverage to nearly 8 million children in families whose income is modestly above Medicaid limits, typically up to 200 percent of the poverty line. Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage to about 47 million Americans, primarily individuals age 65 and older but also including several million younger adults with permanent disabilities. The Affordable Care Act, the health reform law passed in 2010, will help an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans obtain quality, affordable health coverage in both the private and public markets.
- Introduction to Medicaid
Paul Van de Water
The Center works to ensure that federal and state health insurance programs provide coverage that meets the health care needs of low-income children and families, as well as seniors and people with disabilities. The Center also works to remove barriers preventing eligible families from gaining access to health coverage.
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