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The Supreme Court Got It Right

June 25, 2015

Today’s Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell leaves no doubt that health reform is here to stay.  Of particular importance, Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion for the majority recognizes the Affordable Care Act’s intent to expand the availability and...

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For Providing Health Care to Poor Adults, Medicaid Beats Uncompensated Care

April 28, 2015

Despite health reform’s Medicaid expansion to more low-income adults, some states are still paying for uninsured adults’ health care through uncompensated care pools.  As we explain in two new papers, Medicaid expansion is a better way to address uncompensated care.



States Can Use Smart Strategies to Curb ER Visits

April 16, 2015

We often hear that Medicaid beneficiaries use the emergency room (ER) for too much of their health care.  In response, some states have tried to reduce non-emergency use of the ER by charging beneficiaries co-pays.  As we explained in a recent paper, however, this approach is flawed — and other states have found better ways to...

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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...