The health insurance tax forms part of a carefully thought-out structure to expand health insurance coverage and slow the growth of health care costs without adding to the budget deficit. Any effort to modify or repeal this tax must not undercut any of these critical objectives.
Expanding Medicaid will add very little to what states would have spent on Medicaid without health reform.
It will reduce state and local government costs for uncompensated care and other services they provide to the uninsured, which will offset at least some — and in a number of states, possibly all or more than all — of the modest increase in state Medicaid costs.
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
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Obama Proposal to Limit Tax Breaks for High-Income Households Would Reduce Total Charitable Contributions By a Modest 1.6 to 3.0 Percent
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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