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Repealing Individual Mandate Would Hurt, Not Help, Low- and Moderate-Income People

November 16, 2017

Some Republican senators claim that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate that people have health insurance or pay a penalty — as Senate Finance...

Up to 688,000 Would Lose Insurance Under House Bill

October 31, 2017

The House may soon consider legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health center funding that includes a harmful provision that would take insurance away from as many as 688,000 low- and moderate-income people each year who miss a premium payment.

People who now get federal advance premium tax credits (APTC) to help them afford insurance in...

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Shortening Marketplace Grace Period Would Boost Number of Uninsured

October 4, 2017

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up legislation today to extend funding for community health centers and other public health programs — but with harmful funding offsets that jeopardize insurance coverage for low- and moderate-income people who fall behind on payments.

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In Focus: Enrollees Leave Marketplace Health Plans Gradually Throughout the Year

Marketplace Enrollees in Medicaid Expansion States Would Likely Lose Under GOP Health Plan

September 29, 2017

The bill from Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would harm all states, but especially those that expanded Medicaid under the ACA. While Senate Republicans cancelled this week’s planned vote on the bill, they’ve signaled an interest in...

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Senate Bill Wouldn’t Help People in Coverage Gap

July 20, 2017

Some Republican senators, including Majority Whip John Cornyn and Bill Cassidy, claim that their health bill’s extension of premium tax credits for people with income below the poverty line will provide new help for people...

Doctor and Patient

GOP Health Plan Would Block Most New Yorkers, Californians From Using Subsidies to Help Pay for Their Current Health Plans

May 2, 2017

The emerging House Republican health plan, on which the House may vote this week, would substantially limit the ability of New Yorkers and Californians to use tax credits to help pay for health coverage, beginning in 2018. Nearly a million people in these states would be unable to keep the tax credits...

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Rural Residents Face Especially Big Cuts in Premium Help Under House Plan

March 13, 2017

The House Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) tax credit with a flat credit would disproportionately hurt marketplace enrollees in rural areas, as our new paper shows.

Unlike the ACA’s credit, which is tied to the...

Nurse and Patient

GOP Tax Credit Proposal No Substitute for the ACA’s Flexible Credit

March 2, 2017

A leaked draft House Republican health proposal includes a tax credit to help Americans buy health insurance, but it would fall far short of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) tax credits that more than 10 million families used in 2016...

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IRS: ACA’s Coverage Requirement Still in Effect

February 16, 2017

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate remains in force, so taxpayers “should file their tax returns as they normally would,” the IRS reminded taxpayers yesterday. Specifically, they should continue to indicate on their tax return whether they were insured last year or exempt from the...

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Who Are the 30 Million Who Would Lose Coverage Under ACA Repeal?

January 25, 2017

New Urban Institute state fact sheets describe the nearly 30 million adults and children who would lose coverage in each state by 2019 if the new Republican majority repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — with details by income, age, employment status, race, and education...

Coverage Loss Would Hit poor and Near-Poor Especially Hard in Ohio

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