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Statement of Paul Van de Water on the 2014 Medicare Trustees' Report

"Medicare has grown somewhat stronger financially in both the short and long term since last year but continues to face long-term financing challenges, [the] report from its trustees shows. The projected date of insolvency for Medicare’s Hospital Insurance trust fund is 2030 — four years later than projected last year.

"Health reform, along with other factors, has significantly improved Medicare’s financial outlook, boosting revenues and making the program more efficient."

 

Conflicting Court Decisions Won’t Affect Federal Marketplace Subsidies

In a unanimous decision, a panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court decision finding that individuals are eligible for premium subsidies to purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace, just as they can in state-based marketplaces. In a 2-1 decision that has received considerably more media attention, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling and ruled that premium subsidies can be used to purchase coverage only through state-run marketplaces, and not through the federal marketplace.  What do these decisions really mean?

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Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion Is an Even Better Deal for States

CBO now estimates that the federal government will, on average, pick up more than 95 percent of the total cost of the Medicaid expansion and other health reform-related costs in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the next ten years (2015-2024).

States will spend only 1.6 percent more on Medicaid and CHIP due to health reform than they would have spent without health reform.

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Basics

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.

Policy Basics:
- Introduction to Medicaid

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