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Affordable Care Act Signups Continue Rising

January 11, 2017

More than 11.5 million people have already signed up for health plans in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces during this year’s open enrollment period, which ends January 31, the Department of Health and Human Services reports. As of December 24, signups outpaced last year by...


Now’s the Time to Enroll in Marketplace Health Plans

December 14, 2016

People who want to sign up for health plans in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplaces must do so by December 15 for their coverage to start on January 1. The open enrollment period — when people can newly enroll in a plan or change plans — runs until January 31, but coverage for people signing up after December 15 won’t start until February or March.  This is also the time for...


Latinos’ Uninsured Rate Down by One-Third

September 29, 2016

As events and educational activities mark this year’s Hispanic Heritage month, we are marking recent progress in expanding health coverage among Latinos and seeking further progress.

The share of Latinos without health insurance has fallen by one-third since 2013, from 24.4 percent to 16.2 percent, the latest Census data show.  Much of...

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New Guide: Using Schools to Reach Uninsured Families

August 19, 2016

Nearly half of the nation’s uninsured people who are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) live in families with at least one school-age child, research shows.  That makes schools a good place to reach uninsured families.  Our new...


Louisiana Blazing Trail for Streamlined Medicaid Enrollment

July 12, 2016

Louisiana has earned lots of attention for jump-starting Medicaid enrollment of more than 235,000 people on July 1, the first day of its Medicaid expansion.  Less celebrated but also important, it’s the first state to use a recent...


States Can Use Existing Information to Reduce Number of Uninsured

April 14, 2016

More than 1.8 million uninsured people eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are in families participating in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), new data from the Urban Institute show.  That’s more than 20 percent of the 9.1...


Medicaid Data Can Connect Low-Income Children to School Meals

March 17, 2016

Growing up in a family that can’t always afford an adequate diet can have lasting effects on children’s health and development.  A new federal initiative will make it easier for low-income children who receive Medicaid to get free or reduced-price meals at school automatically, with no application required.  The Agriculture Department (USDA) will offer a...


Better Access to Nutrition Improves Health

November 12, 2015

Children in households lacking adequate access to food are at least twice as likely to be in fair or poor health as other children, a new review of research on the link between “food insecurity” and health finds.  Food insecurity among children is also linked to greater risk of asthma, anemia, cognitive and...


New State Option Can Cut Red Tape and Boost Medicaid Enrollment

September 10, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a permanent state option to help state Medicaid programs enroll SNAP participants in Medicaid who are certain to be eligible based on the information used to determine their SNAP eligibility.  This will enable more SNAP participants to get...


Obama Budget Would Boost Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment for Children and Adults

February 4, 2015

President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget would wisely enable states to cut red tape and enroll more eligible children and adults in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by making permanent Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) for children and letting states extend Continuous Eligibility (CE) to adults.

ELE, which is slated to expire at the September 30 end of fiscal...