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February 8, 2018

The idea of reimbursing health insurers for some costs associated with their highest-cost enrollees, known as reinsurance, is gaining traction as policymakers seek ways to make states’ individual insurance markets more stable and reduce premiums. But some federal reinsurance proposals are likelier than others to reduce premiums, and reinsurance alone won’t help individual market consumers who...

February 5, 2018

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) critics are now proposing “alternative” health coverage options that offer skimpier benefits and operate separately from regular health insurance markets that serve individuals. While recent state-level and federal proposals differ in the details, they’d have a similar result: People who buy skimpy plans would face staggering costs when they get sick, and...

February 2, 2018

HHS approved an extension of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion waiver even though Indiana’s own evaluation shows that it’s made it harder for eligible Hoosiers to get coverage and care.

Medicaid and CHIP - Indiana Map
February 2, 2018

The Trump Administration has started letting states make counterproductive work requirements a condition of Medicaid eligibility, and it’s expected to approve Indiana’s request today to impose such requirements in its Medicaid program.  These Medicaid changes and others that policymakers have recently considered would undermine the program’s ability to provide tens of millions of Americans —...

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February 1, 2018

We’ve discussed why food insecurity (lack of access to sufficient food) is linked to poor health and higher health costs — and how SNAP (formerly food stamps) reduces food insecurity and therefore may provide a path to better health. What’s more, those health benefits may last...

SNAP Participants Report Better Health Than Eligible Non-Participants
January 24, 2018

More federal aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Medicaid programs is essential to their recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, as we explained here and...

January 22, 2018

One reason why the emerging research, which we summarized in our new paper, increasingly links SNAP (food stamps) with improved health outcomes is that SNAP reduces “food insecurity” — i.e., insufficient access to enough food to live a healthy life over the course...

Adults in Households with Less Food Security Are Likelier to Have a Chronic Illness
January 22, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently rescinded its guidance of April 2016 reaffirming Medicaid law’s “free choice of provider” provision, which allows beneficiaries to receive family planning services from all qualified providers of such services. CMS’ reversal raises concerns that...

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January 17, 2018

The four-week federal funding bill that the House will consider tomorrow would temporarily suspend or delay three health-related taxes: the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (also known as the health insurance tax), and the excise tax on high-cost health...

Medical Device
January 17, 2018

SNAP (formerly food stamps) is associated with better health and lower health care costs, according to a growing body of evidence that we summarize in a new paper. As Congress and the White House prepare to reauthorize SNAP in this year’s farm bill, it’s a useful...

SNAP Linked to Better Health, Lower Care Costs