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Texas Suit Is Only Latest Attempt to End or Weaken Protections for People With Pre-Existing Conditions

June 18, 2018

Responding to the Trump Administration’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) against a suit from the attorneys general of Texas and 19 other states and to instead urge the court to invalidate the ACA’s core protections for people with pre-existing health conditions,...

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Proposed Medicaid Eligibility Restrictions Have Costly Unintended Consequences

May 23, 2018

Proposals to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t work or engage in work activities for a set number of hours each month will lead to large coverage losses, worse access to care, and less financial security, previous CBPP analyses showed. And they...

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Alexander Proposal Fails Key Tests for a Market Stabilization Bill

March 23, 2018

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and other lawmakers introduced legislation earlier this week that would reinstate cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers and provide federal funding for state reinsurance...

CBO: Alexander Bill Would Reduce Number of People With Health Coverage

Funding for State Reinsurance Programs Can’t Replace Individual Mandate

December 21, 2017

The Republican tax bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, the requirement that most people have coverage or pay a penalty. Senator Susan Collins has argued that providing temporary federal funding for state...


Alexander-Murray Wouldn’t Reverse Cost Increases from Individual Mandate Repeal

December 15, 2017

A number of Senate Republicans have suggested that passing Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray’s bipartisan market stabilization bill would reduce premiums...

How Did States Handle Premium Increases Related to Non-Payment of CSRs for 2018?

Reinsurance Proposal Can’t Fix Damage From Individual Mandate Repeal

November 28, 2017

Note: An updated analysis of Collins’ latest proposal is available here.

The tax bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the requirement that most people have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty....

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Yes, the Massive Coverage Losses From Repealing the Individual Mandate Would Be Harmful

November 16, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate that people get health coverage or pay a penalty, as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch’s revised tax bill would do, would cause 13 million Americans to become uninsured. Some...

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Senate Tax Bill Would Add 13 Million to Uninsured to Pay for Tax Cuts of Nearly $100,000 Per Year for the Top 0.1 Percent

November 15, 2017

Eliminating the individual mandate would increase the number of Americans without health insurance by millions.

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CBO: Alexander-Murray Bill Will Benefit Consumers, Lower Federal Costs

October 25, 2017

The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act from Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray — the Chairman and senior Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee —  would benefit consumers and save the federal government $3.8 billion over ten years, a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO)...

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Cassidy-Graham’s Harmful Impacts on Alaskans Can’t Be Fixed

September 22, 2017

Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham have reportedly spent the last several days modifying their Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal plan, including to add additional resources for Alaska. But no last-minute changes can alter the fact that Cassidy-Graham harms Alaskans — as well as people in...

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