Health Reform

Consumers Should Return to for 2015 Coverage

Many people who auto-enroll in federal Marketplace health coverage for 2015 could pay more than they should.


The Tax Rules That Health Care Assisters Need to Know

“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.


Health Reform: Designing a Marketplace

CBPP has analyzed 23 marketplaces across a number of design questions as well as best practices. 
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Health Reform: Beyond the Basics

Find videos of our  webinar series to prepare advocates and state and local officials to help consumers access the Affordable Care Act's new health coverage opportunities, answers to frequently asked questions, and more on our web site Health Reform: Beyond the Basics.


Of Interest

Fact Check:
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.

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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)

Resources for Advocates

Health Reform's Medicaid Expansion: A Toolkit 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

Coordinating Human Services Programs with Health Reform Implementation

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

Additional resources:

Health insurances exchanges

State Policy Decisions in Exchange Implementation

Status of State Health Insurance Exchange Implementation

States Should Structure Insurance Exchanges to Minimize Adverse Selection

Making Health Care More Affordable: The New Premium and Cost-Sharing Credits


Explaining Health Reform: The New Rules for Determining Income Under Medicaid in 2014

No Need to Wait Until 2014: States Can Cover Low-Income Adults in Medicaid Now

Holding the Line on Medicaid and CHIP: Key Questions and Answers About Health Care Reform's Maintenance-of-Effort Requirements

Medicaid and the Uninsured: Online Applications for Medicaid and/or CHIP

Other topics

State Considerations on Adopting Health Reform's "Basic Health" Option

Understanding Health Reform's Waivers for State Innovation

Employer Responsibility in Health Reform

By the Numbers

Medicaid Expansion Raises State Medicaid and CHIP Spending by Only 1.6 Percent
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