We know you have a lot going on, and there isn’t always time to read everything. That’s why we’ve rounded up five of our most popular blogs published between January and March of this year.
This year we launched a campaign to enact standards to address this issue at the state and federal level. Our campaign supports the work of advocates in many states, including close partnerships with advocates in Georgia, Maryland, and Colorado. Read about the progress those states are making!
The Affordable Care Act has helped expand access to affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. But consumers’ out-of-pocket costs are sometimes still too high, preventing them from getting the care they need.
In a new study released last month, NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard found that a quarter of Americans still report experiencing serious financial problems due to medical expenses.
Early this week, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) released the Republican budget, “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.” But the name is a marketing ploy. A close look at the plan reveals that, on the contrary, it would weaken millions of American families by taking away access to affordable health coverage.
The House Republican budget plan includes disastrous health care cuts and program restructuring that would mean significant health insecurity for children, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
This week, the House Ways and Means Committee in Congress will vote on legislation that would eliminate caps on how much money marketplace consumers must repay the federal government if they receive more premium tax credits (a form of financial assistance) than they should based on their projected annual income. Families USA is concerned that the bill could deter people from signing up for health insurance if there is no longer a reasonable cap on how much they could be required to repay.
There's a lot to like in the new “Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters” rule from the federal government, both about what insurers must offer in the health plans they sell on the federal marketplace in 2017 and about other issues related to enrollment. However, we had hoped the government would release its originally proposed, firmer standards for provider networks and make other parts of this rule mandatory, not voluntary, for insurers.
Overall, the rule, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week, takes significant steps toward making health insurance and care more affordable and making it easier for consumers to compare health plans. In this blog we discuss a number of specific provisions of the rule that will most affect people who buy health insurance through the marketplace.
At our Health Action conference last month in Washington, D.C., we heard about the great work advocates are doing in their legislatures and communities to improve access to high-quality, affordable health care. Hear from advocates working in Colorado, Connecticut, New York, and Tennessee about their priorities for 2016.
This is the second year that everyone who files taxes must indicate whether they have health insurance. The good news is that this process is straightforward for most people. The majority of Americans have health coverage and many will simply have to check a box to indicate that they have it. Those who do not have health insurance must either pay a fine or claim an exemption from the requirement. This is all done through the tax filing process.
Last July, four insurance giants announced proposed mergers. Anthem is proposing to purchase Cigna, and Aetna to purchase Humana. A merged Anthem-Cigna would cover 53 million people, and a merged Aetna-Humana would cover more than 33 million people. Together, these merged companies, along with United Health Group’s approximately 46 million insured consumers, would concentrate the coverage of 132 million lives in just three companies.
While these waivers are related to private health insurance, there are several ways these waivers could affect Medicaid and CHIP coverage. This analysis describes how new federal guidance on these waivers provides some guardrails designed to protect the Medicaid and CHIP populations.