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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...

Potential GOP Demand to End Shutdown Would Undermine Health Reform

October 11, 2013

Some Republican senators reportedly will seek to include a House-passed bill to...

Early Results From Connecticut Show Health Reform Is Helping Young Adults Get Coverage

October 9, 2013

Enrollment in health reform’s new marketplaces (sometimes called exchanges) began last week, and Connecticut already has reported encouraging results about young adults signing up for the coverage that will take effect on January 1.

Almost one-third...

Kaiser: Costs Will Grow More Slowly in States Expanding Medicaid

October 8, 2013

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured’s annual survey of states on their Medicaid budgets, released yesterday, shows why states should expand Medicaid to adults with incomes below 133 percent of the federal...

States’ Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid Leaving Low-Income Adults in a Coverage Gap

October 4, 2013

In this week’s opening of health insurance marketplaces (also called exchanges), many people are learning — unfortunately and ironically — that they don’t earn enough to qualify for help buying coverage.  That’s because their incomes fall below the thresholds to qualify for...

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Open for Business

October 1, 2013

Almost three and a half years after President Obama signed health reform into law, the long-awaited first day of open enrollment is here.  Millions of uninsured people now can start applying for coverage through the new health insurance exchanges (now called marketplaces) that will start...

Health Reform Gives Young Adults Coverage Choices

August 6, 2013

Health reform has already benefitted adults under age 26 by allowing them to obtain health insurance coverage under their parents’ policies — a feature of the law that is providing coverage to more than 3 million young adults.  Millions more will gain access to coverage in 2014, when...