off the charts

You are here

Posts on Health
December 10, 2018

This Saturday, December 15, is the last day to buy a health plan for 2019 through, and everyone who either has coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace or who’s uninsured should go to the marketplace before the deadline.

Why should current enrollees return to the marketplace?

Circumstances change. Even those who want to keep...
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...

Health Insurance Form
December 3, 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma says the large Medicaid coverage losses under Arkansas’ waiver may not be translating into higher uninsured rates. Of the 12,277 Arkansans who have already lost their Medicaid for not...

In Focus: Expansion States’ Uninsured Rates Fell as Medicaid Coverage Rose
December 3, 2018

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) could lose their Medicaid eligibility and have to go into nursing homes to get needed care if Congress adjourns without extending “spousal impoverishment” protections that are set to expire on December 31.

Before 1988, married couples often faced significant hardship when one spouse needed care...

States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away from Institution-Based Services
December 3, 2018

With federal approval now in hand, New Hampshire appears poised to move forward with a new policy to take away Medicaid coverage from people not working or engaged in qualifying work activities for 100 hours per month — despite mounting evidence that it will lead thousands of residents to lose coverage, including working people and people with serious health needs.

On Friday, the...

November 30, 2018

The uninsured rate among children rose in 2017 from 4.7 percent to 5 percent, a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families finds — the first increase since Georgetown began producing this annual report a decade ago (see chart)....

November 29, 2018

With about two weeks left before the December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans through health insurance marketplaces, people who need health coverage for 2019 should focus on them — and not the short-term plans that new federal rules aim to establish as an alternative. Unlike marketplace plans, short-term plans don’t offer...

Doctor Administering Shot to Patient
November 21, 2018

The Trump Administration has re-approved Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver after a federal district court struck down an almost identical earlier version, but the Administration still didn’t show how a waiver that would take coverage away from beneficiaries who...

Doctor Administering Shot to Patient
November 20, 2018

With open enrollment in full swing for 2019 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remind eligible friends and family to enroll. Here are five things to tell your loved ones about marketplace health plans.

Marketplace plans provide comprehensive benefits, including no-cost preventive care. All plans must...
Health form and pencil
November 16, 2018

Some 3,815 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lost coverage on November 1 for not reporting at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities for three months, the state reports. That brings to 12,277 the number of beneficiaries who have lost coverage since the state...

Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met Reporting Requirement in October