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Health Coverage Gains for Small-Business Workers at Risk

January 9, 2017

Millions of people who work for small businesses have gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a benefit of health reform that hasn’t received much attention but is under threat as congressional Republicans move to repeal the law.

The number of uninsured employees of small businesses (those with fewer than 50 workers) dropped by 4.1 million between 2013 and 2015 and their...

Big Health Coverage Gains for Small-Business Workers Under Health Reform

Facts Don’t Fit Ryan’s “Death Spiral” Claims

December 21, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan is justifying congressional Republicans’ plan to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by falsely claiming that the ACA has caused a "death spiral" in the individual insurance market. To be clear, it’s the GOP repeal plan — not the ACA — that would cause...


Interactive: Learn How Health Reform Repeal Would Undo Coverage Gains

December 19, 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to impressive coverage gains, which the law’s repeal would quickly begin to undo. Our new interactive slider shows how much progress the states...


Republicans Can’t Repeal Health Reform and Keep Current Pre-Existing Condition Protections

December 15, 2016

Congressional Republican leaders who plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as early as next month also say they want to ensure that people with pre-existing health conditions can continue to get health coverage.  But it’s hard to see how that’s possible.  

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Immediate Harm Even from “Delayed” Health Reform Repeal, Urban Institute Finds

December 7, 2016

Congressional Republicans claim that, when they repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) early next year, they can avoid hurting consumers by delaying the elimination of its Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies for two years or more.  This delay, they say, would ensure that “...

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Consumers Should Keep Enrolling in Marketplace Coverage

November 14, 2016

Donald Trump’s election and incoming House and Senate Republican majorities have millions of people who buy their health insurance on the individual market — as well as many uninsured people poised to buy a plan there — concerned about what may happen to that coverage.  But the marketplace plans and the subsidies to help modest-income people afford them are still available and will likely...

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Ignore the Hype: Marketplace Plans Offer Good Deals

November 1, 2016

Open enrollment for 2017 health insurance marketplace plans starts today.  While premium increases in the individual health insurance market are getting lots of attention, people who buy their own coverage can find a good plan, often with financial help from the federal government.   

People who don’t get coverage from other sources, such as their employer, Medicare, or Medicaid, should...

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Small Business Health Care Bill Raises Questions

June 15, 2016

A bipartisan bill that the House Ways and Means Committee will consider today would let small employers use a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) — a tax-favored, employer-funded account that people can use to pay out-of-pocket health costs — to help their workers buy individual-market coverage,...


New GOP Health Plan Guts Health Reform

June 3, 2016

The new health plan from House Rules Committee chair Pete Sessions and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee member Bill Cassidy would end or undermine all major elements of health reform, including its...


Previewing a House GOP Leaders’ Health Plan, #6: Little Protection for People With Pre-Existing Conditions

May 12, 2016

Congressional Republicans who oppose health reform (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) often say their plans to repeal and replace it would preserve one of its most popular elements: protections for people with pre-existing conditions.   But that’s not the case — and it probably won’t be the case with the health plan that House...

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