As you know, the Senate passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Christmas Eve. While this is a huge gift for those who have worked tirelessly for health reform, there was a bonus stocking stuffer this past December, as well.
A lifeline has just been yanked out from underneath many Americans and their families.
According to a new report from Families USA, beginning December 1st, more and more people will face a crushing financial burden-and are likely to join the ranks of the uninsured-as subsidies for COBRA coverage begin to expire.
Examines four kinds of protections states have put in place that are designed to protect low-income, uninsured, or underinsured Americans from medical debt
Explains why medical debt is different from other kinds of debt, who medical debt affects, and the consequences of medical debt.
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Soften the Blow during Tough Economic Times
Explains how Medicaid and CHIP function as a health care safety net; argues that Medicaid expansion must be part of national health reform so more low-income people have access to health care.
Explores why states have used CHIP funds to cover adults, how CHIPRA allows states to cover parents or other adults through CHIP, and why states can and should continue to cover adults.
Explains how a “special enrollment opportunity” works for employer health plans and who is eligible for special enrollment.
Explains the new federal financing rules under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), including how funding will be distributed among the states.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA): Addressing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Explains several new provisions in CHIPRA that are designed to address disparities in children’s health coverage and care; includes a list of action steps for advocates.