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January 15, 2021

President Trump sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, short of achieving full repeal, his Administration took many steps to undermine coverage and limit access to care — as we outline in a new brief (summarizing our comprehensive...

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December 10, 2020

If federal policymakers don’t extend a national eviction moratorium — like the one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that’s in effect until December 31 — millions could soon lose their homes and...

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December 8, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final count of people selecting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplace for 2021 is expected soon after open enrollment closes on December 15th. Accurately assessing this year’s sign-ups will require some adjustment — they will match last year’s on an apples-to-apples basis if they...

Open Enrollment
December 7, 2020

A proposed Trump Administration rule would undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and could cause many people to lose health coverage. If finalized, the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for the 2022...

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November 24, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely” (SUNSET) rule would cause most HHS regulations to automatically expire unless HHS conducts a time-consuming assessment and review of such regulations. If finalized, the proposal would divert...

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November 19, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2020 Estimated Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate — which measures “improper” payments in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — but policymakers...

November 10, 2020

Medicaid enrollment rose 10.9 percent from February to September in the 36 states for which we have data, as millions lost their jobs or suffered sharp income losses due to the COVID-19 recession. If we extrapolate these increases nationwide, it would mean about 7 million more people enrolled in Medicaid — and likely more, given continued increases in October in states with available data. The...

In Focus: Medicaid Enrollment Rising Steadily in COVID-19 Crisis
October 30, 2020

Amid COVID-19, health insurance is more important than ever. With open enrollment starting November 1, people who need coverage should check out their options on or their state marketplace.

All plans purchased through or state marketplaces provide comprehensive coverage and financial protection. They’re guaranteed to cover essential health benefits,...

In Focus: 79% of Consumers Can Enroll in a 2021 Plan for Less Than $75 Per Month
October 22, 2020

The number and share of Americans without health insurance coverage rose for the third straight year in 2019, recent American Community Survey (ACS) data show, despite three years of strong economic growth and falling unemployment. This follows six straight years of health coverage gains, with...

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October 21, 2020

If the Trump Administration and a group of 18 states convince the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its Medicaid expansion — which covers more than 12 million low-income adults across the country — would end along with the rest of the law.

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