Issue Brief
October 2011

States Making Progress on Rate Review

Highlights state efforts to protect consumers from unreasonable increases in health insurance premiums, including examples from 12 states.

June 20, 2012

Dying for Coverage: The Deadly Consequences of Being Uninsured

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

For millions of Americans, having health coverage can be the difference between life and death. The uninsured are less likely to have a usual source of medical care, and, as a result, are more likely to forgo preventive care or delay treating an illness. Without access to preventive screenings and care, many uninsured Americans suffer premature and preventable deaths-they are literally dying for coverage.

June 2, 2010

Health reform: A good deal for the states

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new state-by-state analysis showing that the federal government will assume all but a very small percentage of the cost to expand Medicaid, dramatically reducing the number of uninsured Americans at a bare minimal cost to the states.

August 15, 2012

Medicaid Expansion is a Win-Win for States

Patrick Smith

Staff Writer

In the weeks following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, much of the attention surrounding the law has focused on the expansion of Medicaid. The Court made the expansion optional, and many conservative governors quickly stated their resistance to adopting the Medicaid expansion. Why, though?

August 3, 2012

Worry No More Applies to All: Pre-Existing Conditions and Communities of Color

Jamille Fields

Staff Writer

It has always seemed backward that those who need insurance the most—people who are already sick—are turned down for coverage or forced to pay higher premiums. Thanks to the new health law, insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions by charging them higher premiums or denying them coverage. A recent Families USA report, Worry No More: Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Are Protected by the Health Care Law, shows just how many people across the nation stand to gain from this portion of the health law.


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