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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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CBO Correctly Predicted Historic Coverage Gains Under ACA

May 30, 2017

Both before and after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that the House Republican health care bill would cause 23 million people to lose health insurance, the Trump Administration and top Republican lawmakers sought to discredit CBO by attacking its forecasting...

Drop in Uninsured Rate Close to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Projection, Adjusted for State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

House Health Bill Will Force Some Low-Wage Workers to Choose: Better Job or Health Coverage?

May 22, 2017

By effectively ending the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, the House-passed health bill would take coverage away from millions of people. What’s more, the way the House bill ends expansion would have the perverse effect of discouraging low-wage workers from taking better jobs.

Thirty-one states and Washington, D.C. have expanded their Medicaid programs under the ACA, and...

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As Rate-Filing Season Begins, Sabotage Is Taking Its Toll on the ACA Marketplaces

May 12, 2017

We’ve written about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces are poised for greater stability and success going forward, but they’re also vulnerable to sabotage by policymakers...

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Latest House ACA Repeal Bill Hits Alaska — Already Hardest-Hit State — Even Harder

May 2, 2017

We explained that Alaskans had more to lose from the original House bill repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) than residents of any other state. The latest version of that bill doesn’t address any of the features that would end coverage and raise costs for tens of thousands of Alaskans. And the new...

Alaska Consumers Would See by Far Largest Increase in Health Care Costs Under House Bill