“Navigators” and others helping people apply for health coverage need to understand basic tax filing rules because eligibility for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and premium tax credits for coverage bought through federal and state Marketplaces is based on the Internal Revenue Code’s definitions of income and household. We’ve developed The Health Care Assister’s Guide to Tax Rules to help fill this need. Read more
Health reform’s marketplaces launched in every state on January 1, offering individuals and small businesses the opportunity to shop from an array of affordable, comprehensive health insurance plans. Now that the open enrollment for 2014 coverage has closed, states have a chance to fine-tune their marketplaces for next year.
CBPP has analyzed 23 marketplaces across a number of design questions as well as best practices.
We’ve summarized the findings in a new database that states can use as they work to ensure that their marketplaces meet adequate competition, affordability, accessibility, and customer satisfaction requirements.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has developed a webinar series to prepare advocates and state and local officials to help consumers access the Affordable Care Act's new health coverage opportunities. Find videos of the webinar, answers to frequently asked questions, and more on our new web site Health Reform: Beyond the Basics.
Health Reform & the Deficit
The analysis of the health reform legislation prepared by the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been widely misrepresented and misunderstood. For example, the actuary does not estimate that health reform will increase the federal deficit nor that health reform will cost more than CBO estimates.
How Health Reform Helps Reduce the Deficit
Off the Charts Blog: Dispelling Confusion About New CBO Letter on Health Reform Law
Health Reform Will Reduce the Deficit: Claims of Budget Gimmickry Are Unfounded
(With podcast series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4)
October 17, 2014
Republican Study Committee Health Plan Would Likely Result in Many More Uninsured and Fewer Consumer Protections
September 23, 2014
September 22, 2014
September 22, 2014
Media Briefing: Examining the New 2013 Census Data on Poverty, Health Insurance Coverage, and Income
September 16, 2014
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Resources for Advocates
Over the coming months, most states will be considering whether to expand Medicaid. State advocates can play a critical role in these discussions by making the case that the expansion is a good deal for states. This toolkit brings together resources to help advocates analyze projections of the fiscal impact of the Medicaid expansion for their states, as well as additional materials to help make the case for expanding Medicaid. View the toolkit
Careful consideration of how states will address and leverage applicants' or participants' connection to other benefits and services as a part of their health reform implementation efforts could help to yield better outcomes for families and efficiencies for state administration.
Each module of this toolkit provides states with tools and suggestions for a guided process that can be used to review the current eligibility and enrollment service delivery model and compare the current model to the desired future model. View the toolkit
Health insurances exchanges