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Paul Ryan’s Misleading Claim About Health Reform, Poor Families, and Work

February 7, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s claim that health reform creates a “poverty trap” that discourages poor families from working has it backwards, as my colleague Jared Bernstein notes. ...

Repealing Health Reform’s Risk Corridors Would Boost Deficits and Premiums

February 4, 2014

House Republican leaders are considering adding a provision to repeal health reform’s “risk corridors” program to legislation to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.  But such a step would hurt both...

History Rebuts Claim That Federal Medicaid Matching Rates Are Unstable

February 3, 2014

As I explained last week, there’s no evidence to support claims that the federal government will renege on its commitment to finance nearly all of the costs of health reform’s Medicaid expansion.  Some critics also assert that Congress frequently changes the formula that determines...

The Federal Financial Commitment to the Medicaid Expansion Stands

January 31, 2014

Health reform’s Medicaid expansion is a great deal for states.  The federal government will finance nearly all of its costs, picking up 100 percent of expansion costs for the first three years (2014-2016) and no less than 90 percent on a permanent basis.  In fact, as a recent analysis from Virginia...

Republican Health Proposal Likely Means Less Coverage, Higher Costs, Fewer Consumer Protections

January 28, 2014

Senate Republicans Tom Coburn (OK), Orrin Hatch (UT), and Richard Burr (NC) proposed yesterday to repeal all of health reform (the Affordable Care Act or ACA) except for certain provisions related to Medicare, cap federal Medicaid funding, and create a new tax credit for...

Policymakers Shouldn’t Let Key Low-Income Health Provisions Expire

January 8, 2014

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on expiring provisions in federal health programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Four of them play critical roles in providing...

President and Congress Shouldn’t Let Key Health Programs Expire

December 9, 2013

The President and Congress need to extend four important Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provisions that are expiring and that provide health coverage to families leaving welfare for work, assist low-income seniors and people with disabilities with their Medicare premiums, and increase enrollment of eligible low-income children in Medicaid and CHIP, as we explain in a...

Faster Medicaid Enrollment Neither a Surprise Nor a Concern

November 12, 2013

The Administration is expected to issue estimates this week of enrollment to date in health reform’s major coverage expansions, which take effect next January.  Media reports (see here and...

Actuaries Warn: Delaying Health Reform’s Individual Mandate Would Raise Premiums and Add to Ranks of Uninsured

November 7, 2013

We’ve warned of the dangers of a one-year delay in health reform’s individual mandate — on which the House may vote yet again this month — and the American Academy of Actuaries now concurs.

Health reform’s individual mandate will require most Americans to obtain health...