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Health Reform’s Success Grows; House Budget Chair Promises Repeal

March 17, 2015

 A day after the Administration announced that 16.4 million uninsured people have gained coverage under health reform, the House Budget Chairman unveiled a budget that would reverse this remarkable progress by repealing health reform.

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Ruling Against Health Reform Subsidies Would Be Wrong — and Harmful

March 4, 2015

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King v. Burwell this morning, it’s critical that the Court recognize that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides premium tax credits for consumers in all states, as we’ve explained. ...

More Uninsured, Higher Premiums if Subsidies End in Federal Marketplace

January 12, 2015

Millions more Americans would be uninsured and premiums in the individual (nongroup) market would jump if the Supreme Court disallowed health reform subsidies for people getting coverage through the federal marketplace, new studies from the Urban Institute and...

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Court Case Shouldn’t Scare Off Marketplace Enrollees

January 5, 2015

Contrary to Senate Republican leaders’ recent claim, residents of 34 states with federally run health insurance marketplaces will not have to repay their premium tax credits if the Supreme Court rules in June that health reform doesn’t authorize the credits in those states.  People who need health coverage shouldn’t be scared off from enrolling by false claims they will have to repay...

3 Reasons Why Oklahoma Decision Is Wrong About Health Subsidies

October 1, 2014

A central piece of health reform authorizes the federal government to provide tax credits to help low- and moderate-income people buy coverage in the new health insurance marketplaces.  A federal district court judge in Oklahoma ruled yesterday that the law only authorizes the...

Lower Recidivism: Yet Another Good Reason for States to Expand Medicaid

June 25, 2014

Some opponents of health reform’s Medicaid expansion have cited an estimate that 35 percent of adults newly eligible for Medicaid have been involved in the criminal justice system in the past year.  This figure is highly inflated.

In reality, only about 17 percent of newly eligible adults who enroll in Medicaid will have been in jail or prison.  But even though they will make up...

Medicaid Primary Care Payment Rate Bump Is Worth Extending

June 19, 2014

An increase in Medicaid primary care payment rates that was included in health reform is scheduled to expire at the end of this year.  But with the need for cost-effective Medicaid primary care rising across the country, the current physician rates should be maintained — and expanded to additional providers — as the Obama Administration and a group of hospitals and doctors have recommended....

Scare Tactics Shouldn’t Dissuade States From Expanding Medicaid

April 23, 2014

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), a Florida-based conservative think tank, is using scare tactics in its campaign against Medicaid expansion.  It claims that Arkansas taxpayers...

Haven’t Enrolled in Marketplace Health Coverage? Three Things to Know

April 8, 2014

More than 7 million people had signed up for private coverage by the time open enrollment in health reform’s insurance marketplaces ended March 31.  But, what about those who are still trying to enroll — and those who don’t need coverage now but may need it later in the year when their circumstances change?  Here are three basic points on who can sign up between now and November 15, when the...