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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...

Obama Budget Would Improve Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations

March 14, 2014

As health reform enables millions of uninsured Americans to gain health insurance, the need for preventive and primary care services and those who provide them will continue to grow.  The President’s 2015 budget includes a new initiative to strengthen the health workforce — particularly for underserved areas and populations with shortages of providers — and ensure adequate payments for primary...

Addressing Confusion About Young Adults’ Coverage Options Under Health Reform

October 29, 2013

Despite today’s suggestions to the contrary by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, health reform offers young adults an unprecedented range of choices for affordable health insurance coverage.  It’s allowed more than 3 million young adults under age 26 to obtain coverage under their parents’ policies, and millions...

“Coverage Gap” Could Narrow as More States Look to Expand Medicaid Under Health Reform

October 21, 2013

With 25 states already expanding Medicaid to low-income adults under health reform, governors in New Hampshire and Ohio want their states to expand their programs as well, which would...

Shutdown Deal Won't Affect Health Reform Subsidies

October 17, 2013

Let’s clear up any confusion:  yesterday’s deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit doesn’t change the procedures for verifying applicants’ eligibility for new federal health insurance subsidies under health reform.  That’s appropriate, since these procedures are perfectly adequate as they now stand.

Instead, a provision in yesterday’s deal requires the Health and Human...

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