Healthcare.gov is now open for business! Until December 15th, consumers can enroll in comprehensive health plans that will start on January 1st 2019. High-quality coverage purchased through healthcare.gov (or a state’s marketplace) includes protections for preexisting conditions and a robust set of essential health benefits like preventive services, prescription drugs, mental health care, and hospital coverage.
On November 6th, we saw a “Health Care Wave” sweep across the country altering the balance of power in Washington and across state capitols across the country. Exit polls revealed what we long suspected: health care was one of the most important issues on the minds of voters, and in particular people who voted for Democrats. Democrats, who needed 23 additional seats to retake the House of Representatives, have gained are on track to gain at least 35 seats.
As the 2018 elections approach, now is the time for people to speak out to candidates about the kind of health care system they want, and to hold candidates accountable for delivering on it. Whether at a town hall, in the media, or one-on-one, voters can hold candidates for federal, state, and local offices accountable for working to protect health care, instead of tearing it down.
Health care is a top-of-mind issue for voters. In 2017, people across the country feared losing their health care due to tumultuous efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal insurance.
Those hottest days of summer have arrived, which means that it's finally the season of congressional recess. The House began its August recess this week and will return to Washington on September 4th. The Senate is taking a truncated August recess this year, coming home the week of August 6-10th. It will be in session for the remainder of the month.
Most everybody remembers the dramatic middle of the night vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act on July 28 of last year, punctuated by Senator John McCain’s thumbs-down on the Senate floor. A focus only on that much-televised vote overlooks the significance of what actually happened in last summer’s failed effort by President Trump and his Republican allies to repeal the health law. The vote on July 28 was actually the third and least substantive of three bills repealing the ACA to lose in the Senate last year.
The first and more telling vote took place one year ago today, on July 25. The key vote involved the final version of the detailed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” or BCRA.
Third-party payment programs can improve affordability and increase enrollment for low-income consumers without triggering adverse selection.
This week, the Commonwealth Fund published my research report describing several successful programs, primarily local, that use hospital dollars to increase enrollment into marketplace coverage by lowering premium costs for low-income, uninsured consumers.
Yesterday, the Trump administration told insurers and regulators in Idaho that they cannot sell health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. This is the first recognition from the administration that the ACA remains the law of the land.
Members of Congress and the Trump Administration have frequently proposed measures that would eliminate or undermine essential health benefits (EHBs) established by the Affordable Care Act.
This means getting rid of a core protection for people with pre-existing conditions. And it would have devastating consequences for millions of people.
Weakening or eliminating the EHB requirements would leave millions without any affordable health care options, forcing them to pay out of pocket for needed care or go without care all together.
Today the Urban Institute released national and state projections of the potential impact of a proposed rule from the Trump administration to expand the sale of short-term health plans. The projections are, in a word, catastrophic.
On February 26, 2018, the Urban Institute released a report showing the need for Maryland’s health insurance down payment plan, called the “Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2018.” According to the report, two policies that attack the Affordable Care Act—the end of federal enforcement of the ACA’s individual mandate and new Trump administration rules that authorize the sale of cut-rate, substandard insurance that violates ACA consumer protections—will do tremendous harm in virtually e