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March 21, 2019

Nine years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010, the uninsured rate remains at a historic low and more than 20 million people have gained coverage — but about 30 million non-elderly people are still uninsured. Several new CBPP analyses examine the...

In Focus: Uninsured Rates Are Higher at Lower Income Levels
March 20, 2019

In Iowa, a Senate-passed bill that’s now before the House would almost certainly take Medicaid coverage away from thousands of people who can’t meet a work requirement.

The bill, which the Senate passed yesterday, would require all non-elderly adult Medicaid beneficiaries to document 20...

Doctor and Patient Going Over Form
March 19, 2019

A large majority of the more than 18,000 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries who lost their Medicaid coverage since the state began implementing a first-in-the-nation Medicaid work requirement in June not only haven’t found jobs, but they also probably don’t have health insurance, new state data suggest.

Those who lost their Medicaid last year could have re-enrolled effective January 1, but...

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March 18, 2019

President Trump’s 2020 budget proposes nearly $600 billion in net Medicare spending reductions over ten years (see table). Most of the proposals...

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March 15, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed new rules that would expand “direct enrollment,” in which consumers enroll in marketplace coverage by using the websites of insurers and brokers instead of...

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March 14, 2019

Update, March 15:  We’ve updated this post.

Montana lawmakers will hear testimony on two bills this Saturday: one would permanently extend the state’s successful Medicaid expansion under the...

Doctor and patient
March 14, 2019

President Trump’s 2020 budget doubles down on the Administration’s unprecedented policy of letting states take away Medicaid coverage from people not meeting work requirements by proposing work requirements nationwide. We’ve previously...

Health and Money
March 13, 2019

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) again face the possibility of losing their Medicaid eligibility and having to enter nursing homes to get needed care, because a three-month extension of “spousal impoverishment” protections expires on March 31.

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

States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away From Institution-Based Services
March 12, 2019

President Trump’s new budget would take Medicaid coverage away from adults nationwide if they don’t meet a work requirement, which the Kaiser Family Foundation’s prior...

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March 12, 2019

Congress is facing renewed calls to repeal or further delay the “Cadillac tax” — the excise tax on high-cost health plans. That would be unwise for two reasons: it would lose needed revenue and would set back efforts to slow the growth of health care costs.

The Affordable...

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