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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...

Rest Assured: Tax Filings Will Be Verified Under Health Reform Rule Change

July 11, 2013

The health reform regulations that the Department of Health and Human Services issued July 5 do not eliminate requirements to verify the income of people seeking advance payments of premium tax credits to help them purchase health coverage in 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner...

Health Reform Rule Change Will Not Stop Important Verification

July 8, 2013

In the last several days, some media coverage has seriously misinterpreted changes to how health reform’s new health insurance marketplaces (formerly called exchanges) will verify that applicants are eligible for federal health insurance subsidies.  The changes to verification...

Delay Won’t Keep People From Obtaining Health Coverage

July 3, 2013

Here’s the bottom line about the Obama Administration’s announcement yesterday to delay health reform’s employer responsibility requirement and related reporting rules until 2015:  it will not keep people from getting health coverage, which is the key goal of health reform.

The vast majority of large employers — the only companies that are subject to the requirement to offer coverage...

Coming Cuts to Safety Net Hospitals Reinforce Importance of Medicaid Expansion

May 14, 2013

Health reform cuts supplemental Medicaid payments for hospitals that serve many low-income and uninsured patients because the need for such payments should shrink as more low-income people gain coverage through the law’s Medicaid expansion.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has now issued a proposed rule to allocate these cuts among the states — and the rule makes clear that...

Oregon Medicaid Study Strengthens — Not Weakens — Case to Expand Medicaid

May 3, 2013

The New England Journal of Medicine reported encouraging new findings yesterday from the Oregon Health Study, a landmark, ongoing study of the state’s Medicaid program.  Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely than the uninsured to access preventive care, such as mammograms for women, and they had far less financial...

Proposal to Delay DSH Cuts No Reason Not to Expand Medicaid

April 15, 2013

President Obama proposed in his 2014 budget to delay for one year a scheduled cut in supplemental Medicaid payments to safety net hospitals that serve large numbers of low-income patients.  Health reform calls for the cut in federal disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments beginning in fiscal year 2014, assuming that the hospitals’ need will fall as more low-income people become insured...

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