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November 11, 2019

Facing Trump Administration pressure to make their Medicaid eligibility determinations more accurate, states are conducting more income checks,...

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November 6, 2019

Health coverage gains continued to drive down uncompensated care costs through 2016, according to the latest data from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Such costs have fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took...

In Focus: Uncompensated Care Costs Fall With Drop in Uninsured Rate
November 6, 2019

Since the start of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion to low-income adults, evidence has poured in that the expansion is helping enrollees access and afford care.

In Focus: Medicaid Expansion Could Save as Many Lives as Seatbelts
October 31, 2019

Consumers can shop for 2020 health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period of November 1 to December 15 but, if they use enrollment pathways other than, they risk choosing subpar coverage and missing out on financial help for which they’re...

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October 30, 2019

The uninsured rate among children rose for the second straight year in 2018 to 5.2 percent, up from 2016’s historic low of 4.7 percent, a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) finds. This backsliding — along with the...

In Focus: Children’s Uninsured Rate Has Increased Two Years in a Row
October 29, 2019

During open enrollment, which runs from November 1 to December 15, consumers should take a close look at the benefits of signing up for health insurance on or their state-based marketplace. Here are five good reasons why:

Financial help is available to reduce the cost of coverage and care. Once again this year, the vast majority of people signing up...
In Focus: 79% of Consumers Can Enroll in a 2020 Plan for Less Than $75 Per Month
October 23, 2019

The Trump Administration has invited states to set up so-called wellness programs, with individual-market insurers creating plans with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people who don’t meet certain health targets. Such programs would gut protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) barred individual-market insurers from charging...

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October 22, 2019

Medicaid waivers that take coverage away from people not meeting work requirements have steep administrative costs, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report notes. Nevertheless, the report adds, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — which approves such waivers — does not require states to include...

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October 22, 2019

Arizona is suspending its plan to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements, adding to the growing list of states making similar decisions. Other states with approved or pending work requirement waivers also should reconsider these harmful policies.


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October 10, 2019

A recent presidential proclamation will require certain people seeking to immigrate lawfully to the United States to prove they have health insurance, can quickly sign up for it, or can pay for any reasonably anticipated...

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