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December 20, 2018

Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) federally run health insurance marketplace remained strong for 2019, new data show, indicating that the marketplace continues to offer affordable, qualify coverage that meets people’s needs. Overall, 8.5 million people enrolled in coverage compared to...

Open Enrollment
December 18, 2018

December 19, 2018: We have corrected the list of preventive services for which the ACA eliminated cost-sharing.

If allowed to stand, a U.S. District Court judge’s decision striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would significantly affect Medicare. To be sure, since the legal reasoning behind the decision is...

December 17, 2018

Last year’s bills would have had much the same devastating consequences as the decision itself, and the responses to the ruling are a reminder that the Administration and many congressional Republicans still support these outcomes.

Stethoscope and American Flag
December 12, 2018

The House may vote on a year-end tax bill that, among other provisions, would delay or repeal four health-related taxes: the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans (...

Medical Device
December 11, 2018

As the Trump Administration continues to encourage states to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, a...

Two Workers Using Drill
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...