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Lawmakers Can Prevent Surprise Medical Bills, Lower Health Costs

June 11, 2019

At a hearing tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will discuss a proposal from Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Republican Member Greg Walden to protect patients from large bills when they unexpectedly or unknowingly receive care from an out...

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Public Health Insurance Option Could Cut Costs, Boost Financial Assistance

April 15, 2019

A new bill from Senators Michael Bennet and Tim Kaine would leverage Medicare’s provider network and payment rates to create a lower-cost public health insurance plan (i.e., a “public option”) in the individual and small-group markets, and use the resulting federal savings to expand premium tax credits to help people afford coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. Called the...

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“Direct Enrollment” in Marketplace Coverage Poses Risks for Consumers

March 15, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed new rules that would expand “direct enrollment,” in which consumers enroll in marketplace coverage by using the websites of insurers and brokers instead of...

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Many Marketplace Consumers Eligible for Zero-Premium Coverage

December 5, 2018

More than ever, low- and moderate-income consumers can find good deals for health coverage — and may have their premiums covered entirely by tax credits — if they sign up before open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces ends on December 15. Marketplace premiums fell slightly overall for 2019, and many people can find affordable options with various levels of cost-sharing...

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Costly House Bill Would Likely Increase Number of Uninsured

September 12, 2018

The House is expected to vote on a bill this week that would weaken the requirement that employers offer health insurance, raising the number of uninsured and adding $58 billion to deficits over the...

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House Health Bills Would Cut Taxes for Wealthy and Corporations, Do Little for Consumers

July 24, 2018

The House will consider three health-related bills this week that would mainly benefit high-income taxpayers and corporations while doing little to help moderate-income families or the uninsured.  The bills would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the...

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Ways and Means Bills Would Expand HSA Tax Breaks, Weaken Insurance Marketplaces

July 11, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee is marking up several bills this week that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates.  As we’ve...

Health Saving Accounts (HSAs) Mostly Benefit High-Income Taxpayers

New Jersey Takes Big Step to Shore Up Insurance Market

May 31, 2018

New Jersey enacted an important new law yesterday to protect its insurance market from harmful federal changes, becoming the first state since Massachusetts in 2006 to require residents to have health insurance.

The 2017 tax bill repealed the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate (the requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty) beginning in 2019. By...

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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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