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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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Cassidy-Graham’s Waiver Authority Would Gut Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

September 15, 2017

The revised Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal plan from Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, which is also backed by Senators Dean Heller and Ron Johnson, would give states broad waiver authority to eliminate the ACA’s core protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. These waivers would come on top of the proposal’s elimination of the ACA’s marketplace subsidies and...

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Latest CBO Analysis Shows Senate Bill Can’t Be Fixed

July 21, 2017

Congressional Budget Office analysis of the revised Senate health bill shows that the latest changes to it don’t address any of its major flaws. 

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Alaska Carveout in Revised Senate Health Bill’s State Stability Fund Doesn’t Address Unique Harms to Alaska

July 14, 2017

Updated 5:30 PM EDT

As we’ve explained, Alaska is among the most harmed states under the Senate health bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill reduces tax credits that help people afford individual market health...

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Latest Effort to Discredit CBO Health Coverage Estimates Falls Flat

July 6, 2017

Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration have repeatedly sought to discredit the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) findings that the House and Senate health bills would cause more than 20 million Americans to lose coverage. Previously, they disparaged CBO’s forecasting record, even though CBO’s estimates of coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were...

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Taking Stock of Individual Market Rate Filings

June 21, 2017

Today’s the deadline for insurers to provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the preliminary list of plans they intend to offer in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces for 2018. While insurers can (and frequently do)...

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Bipartisan Governors’ Health Priorities Conflict with GOP Bill’s Key Provisions

June 20, 2017

The National Governors Association (NGA)’s Health Reform Learning Network issued its shared priorities for health reform legislation today, and they sharply conflict with core features of the House-passed health...

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Marketplace Premiums Are In Line With Employer Premiums — and Would Be on Track to Stay That Way Absent Sabotage

June 16, 2017

Far from reaching “levels that nobody thought even possible,” as President Trump claimed recently , premiums in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces are roughly in line with those for employer coverage, an Urban Institute...

Most Marketplace Consumers Face Premiums In Line with Or Lower Than Employer Premiums

Reported Medicaid Expansion “Compromise” Would Have Almost the Same Effect as House Bill

June 8, 2017

We explained earlier this week that delaying the end of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s higher funding for Medicaid expansion wouldn’t change the long-run effects of the House health bill: states would...

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