The evidence of Medicaid’s positive impact on hospitals is growing. A recent report from the Colorado Hospital Association found that hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are providing free care to fewer uninsured patients. Such care, also known as “charity care,” occurs when patients cannot pay their hospital bills, and represents a significant drain on hospital resources.
Two recent surveys (one released this week) are providing a first concrete look at how navigators and assisters helped millions of consumers enroll in affordable health coverage.
According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Tuesday, a corps of almost 30,000 navigators, assisters, and volunteers helped more than 10 million consumers enroll in the health insurance marketplace between October 2013 and April 2014.
An update to the application on Healthcare.gov means that recent, lawfully present immigrants are now able to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. They are also eligible to receive financial assistance to pay for that coverage. Until the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fixed the application in early June, recent, lawful immigrants who sought health coverage during the open enrollment period were turned away. Now, the task remains to find those who were denied coverage and offer them another chance to enroll.
Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins this November. As a result, health insurers are filing their proposed health insurance premium rates for 2015. To examine how rates may change for consumers buying policies in 2015, we reviewed filings and news reports from 12 states where proposed rates have received media attention. For each state, we looked at overall proposed premium rate changes, which are an average for each insurer. A consumer’s actual premium increase or decrease may be higher or lower than the average depending on age, location, and plan choice.
Researchers from Cornell and Harvard have found that children who have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) go further in school than children who are uninsured, according to a recent report. Compared to their uninsured counterparts, children covered by Medicaid or CHIP are more likely to complete high school, as well as attend and complete college. Medicaid or CHIP health coverage helps children perform better academically through adulthood, which can help them succeed in life.