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The 2017 tax bill repealed the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate (the requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty) beginning in 2019.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


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...


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...

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