One popular aspect of the Affordable Care Act is its requirement that all individual and small group health plans (for people who don’t have traditional job-based coverage) cover important health benefits like maternity, mental health, preventive, and pediatric dental care. Members of Congress and the Trump administration have frequently proposed measures that would eliminate or undermine these essential health benefits (EHBs), as they are known.
The budget agreement Congress passed in the wee hours of the morning includes more good news for the 9 million children who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for their health coverage.
The Trump administration has begun to allow states to include work requirements in their Medicaid programs through waivers. Work requirements don’t help better deliver care to people with Medicaid coverage, and are impermissible under Medicaid law.
As a matter of policy, work requirements won’t help unemployed low-income people find and keep jobs.
A new study released by Senior Fellow Stan Dorn and others serves as a reminder that vigorous federal and state action can use the tools created by the ACA to help laid-off workers get health coverage.