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User-Friendly Applications Will Help Uninsured Gain Coverage

April 30, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released the revised forms that people will use to apply for health coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges).  These relatively short, easy-to-understand applications are a big improvement over the drafts that HHS...

Helping Consumers Choose the Right Health Plan Under Health Reform

April 16, 2013

In less than six months, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to enroll in private health coverage through health reform’s new health insurance exchanges.  Health reform requires exchanges to create “navigator” programs to help individuals enroll, but groups representing insurance agents have...

States Cutting Red Tape in Health Programs

December 21, 2012

Twenty-three states (see map) received a total of roughly $300 million in federal performance bonuses this week for exceeding targets for enrolling more eligible children in Medicaid and removing obstacles that can prevent eligible families from applying for and renewing Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s...

Center’s New Toolkit Will Help States Prepare for Eligibility Changes Under ACA

June 13, 2012

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not only make affordable health care available to millions of low- and moderate-income, uninsured Americans.  It will also transform how individuals access health coverage programs, bringing eligibility processes into the 21st Century.  This transformation will likely also significantly change how families apply for and receive other benefits, such as the...

No Bonuses for You, House Committee Tells States That Improve Children’s Health Coverage

May 2, 2012

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted last week to eliminate performance bonuses for states that streamline their Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) procedures and reduce red tape so that more eligible low-income children can get and keep health coverage.

Like several other steps the committee took to produce the savings required by the House...