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For ACA’s 9th Anniversary, CBPP Examines Options to Further Expand Coverage

March 21, 2019

Nine years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010, the uninsured rate remains at a historic low and more than 20 million people have gained coverage — but about 30 million non-elderly people are still uninsured. Several new CBPP analyses examine the...

In Focus: Uninsured Rates Are Higher at Lower Income Levels

CBO: Administration’s Short-Term Plans Rule Means a Return to Pre-ACA Practices

February 12, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will consider legislation tomorrow to curb so-called “short-term” health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) consumer protections. Some argue, wrongly, that these plans are...

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ACA Repeal Bills Would Do Much the Same Damage as Judge’s Decision to Strike Down the Law

December 17, 2018

Last year’s bills would have had much the same devastating consequences as the decision itself, and the responses to the ruling are a reminder that the Administration and many congressional Republicans still support these outcomes.

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Vast Majority of Those Losing Coverage From Medicaid Waivers Will Be Uninsured

December 3, 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma says the large Medicaid coverage losses under Arkansas’ waiver may not be translating into higher uninsured rates. Of the 12,277 Arkansans who have already lost their Medicaid for not...

In Focus: Expansion States’ Uninsured Rates Fell as Medicaid Coverage Rose

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...

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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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