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Medicaid Enrollment Is Up — as Expected

November 5, 2013

Media reports have expressed surprise, even concern, that early enrollment in Medicaid under health reform has outpaced enrollment in the new health insurance marketplaces so far.  But, that was expected to happen, even before the well-documented...

Delaying Health Reform’s Individual Mandate Isn’t Harmless or Fair

October 1, 2013

House Republicans claim that a one-year delay of health reform’s individual mandate is “fair” because the Administration has also delayed for one year the employer responsibility requirement.  They also claim that delaying part of the law — rather than fully defunding all of it — is a...

Urban Institute Agrees: Delaying Individual Mandate Would Reduce Coverage and Raise Premiums

September 24, 2013

A new Urban Institute analysis concludes that a one-year delay in the individual mandate, which Congressional Republican leaders may add to debt ceiling legislation, would lead to greater numbers of uninsured, higher premiums, and more uncompensated care.  Urban also finds that such a delay would create serious problems for the new...

Lawmakers Should Reject Efforts to Delay Major Pieces of Health Reform

September 12, 2013

Congressional Republican leaders are discussing proposals to attach a one-year delay of major elements of health reform, including the individual mandate, to legislation required to avert a government shutdown or prevent a default on the nation’s debt.  We’ve...

CBO: Individual Mandate Delay Would Mean More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

September 9, 2013

We’ve previously explained why a one-year delay of health reform’s individual mandate, which the House passed in July, is a bad idea — and now the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms our assessment.

The mandate requires most Americans to obtain health coverage or pay a penalty starting in...

No Special Fix for Congress Under New Health Reform Rule

August 2, 2013

The Administration will reportedly issue regulations next week confirming that the federal government, which now contributes to the costs of health insurance for members of Congress and their staff, will continue to do so once they enroll in plans offered...

Latest Health Reform Repeal Effort Would Make Coverage Less Affordable

August 1, 2013

The House will likely vote tomorrow on yet another attempt to block health reform, this time by preventing the Treasury Department — which includes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — from implementing any of it.  Like the 40-odd bills that the House has already approved to repeal part or all of health reform or block its implementation, this bill won’t become law.  But if it did, it would (...

Don’t Delay Health Reform’s Individual Mandate

July 16, 2013

The House plans to vote tomorrow on a one-year delay of the health reform requirement that individuals have health coverage or face a penalty.  Given the many misleading statements that some critics have made about the “individual mandate,” it’s worth repeating some basic facts:

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Hatch-Rubio Amendment Would Deny Health Coverage to Many Immigrant Workers Gaining Legal Status for 15 Years or More

June 21, 2013

Senators Orrin Hatch and Marco Rubio have proposed amendments to the bipartisan immigration reform bill now before the Senate that go well beyond the tight benefit restrictions already in the bill, as a recent Center analysis explained.  One amendment would leave many workers who gain legal status without health insurance for...

Health Reform Won’t Cripple Medicare Advantage, Latest CBO Estimates Show

May 23, 2013

The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) latest Medicare estimates show that opponents of health reform were wrong:  phasing down overpayments to the insurance companies that serve some Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Advantage program won’t gut the program or lead insurers to drop out. ...