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February 12, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will consider legislation tomorrow to curb so-called “short-term” health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) consumer protections. Some argue, wrongly, that these plans are...

Pregnant patient
February 6, 2019

Since the Trump Administration issued new rules last year expanding short-term health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions and benefit standards, nearly a dozen states have set their own limits and...

State Limitations on the Duration of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans, February 2019
January 30, 2019

We’ve updated our state-by-state fact sheets showing how Medicaid helps millions of families and individuals across the country.

Medicaid helps low-income seniors, children, people with disabilities, and families get...

Medicaid and CHIP - Indiana Map
January 28, 2019

Not only have over 18,000 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lost health coverage for not meeting a rigid work requirement since it took effect in June, but we also see no evidence for Governor Asa Hutchinson’s repeated claims of late that the work requirement has helped many beneficiaries...

Doctor and Patient Going Over Form
January 25, 2019

Some Utah legislators are considering repealing the initiative that voters approved last November to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA...

Doctor and Patient
January 18, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved two Medicaid waivers for Arizona that will reduce coverage, make it harder for people to access affordable care, and increase financial hardship. The first waiver lets the state take away Medicaid from people not...

Map of Arizona
January 17, 2019

Another 1,232 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lost coverage on January 1 for not reporting at least 80 monthly hours of work or work-related activities for three months, bringing to 18,164 the number losing coverage since the state imposed its work requirement last June.

Even under its rigid requirement, the state didn’t have to take coverage away from this latest group. Under Arkansas’...

Health - Ambulance Emergency Room
January 8, 2019

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, because the President and Congress haven’t extended “spousal impoverishment” protections that expired on December 31. The House is expected to consider legislation today to extend the protections for three...

States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away From Institution-Based Services
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...