The tax extenders bill (also known as the jobs bill), H.R. 4213, has been stalled in Congress for weeks. The Senate has now attempted to pass a bill to address the unemployment and state budget crisis three times to no avail. Each step along the way, the Senate has hit a wall of opposition that is supposedly based on concerns about increasing the federal deficit. To appease these concerns, the Senate cut a critical provision to provide additional assistance to states for Medicaid by one-third – but the bill still failed to win the 60 votes necessary to pass.
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.
On March 5, 2018, CMS approved Arkansas’ request to add a work requirement to its Medicaid program. Equally important, it did not approve the state’s request to roll back Medicaid eligibility to a partial Medicaid expansion. Both tell us a lot about what’s behind CMS’s approach to Medicaid waivers, and what states can expect to have, and not have, approved. View factsheet here.
In 2009, 11 million Americans bought their own health insurance. If the Affordable Care Act had been fully implemented then, they would have spent less on their care. According to a new study, provisions of the Affordable Care Act would have saved these Americans an average of $280 a year between 2001 and 2009.
When it comes to Medicare, we heard it all during the debate over health reform: Death panels! Rationing! Obama wants to kill granny! The rumors and scare tactics were so ridiculous, sometimes it was difficult to understand how anyone could believe them. But now that Americans are beginning to see the benefits of reform, it’s time we put the rumors to rest and start focusing on how the new law is improving health care across the country.
The 2016 election results are prompting many questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While there is uncertainty about these changes in political leadership, a few things are clear now that advocates, assisters, and most importantly, consumers, need to know.
A few days back, health care spending numbers for 2008 were released. As expected, the numbers increased-however, they increased at a slower rate than predicted.
That means that we don't need health care reform, right? Hardly.
Health Action 2018: Staying Strong for America’s Families will be Mina Schultz’s fourth Health Action conference. Mina, who is currently a Master’s student studying Health Policy and an Outreach Specialist with Get Covered NYC, has a real passion for health care. Whether it was her personal fight against cancer at age 25, or helping others to enroll in coverage as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) in West Virginia, Mina has tirelessly fought for her coverage and the coverage of many others.
The third open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces is only 10 days away. Like the last enrollment cycle, enrollment assisters will be working to renew health plans with a greater number of consumers who have complex questions. They will also continue seeking new consumers who lack health insurance. This year, however, such outreach efforts may not get the boost from media coverage they received in previous years.
The recently finalized “marketplace stabilization” rule will have significant impacts for consumers by making coverage less affordable and making the process of enrolling more difficult. This blog will review the main implications of the rule for the enrollment process and policy, specifically focusing on changes to open enrollment periods, special enrollment periods, and rules for those who have missed premium payments. It will also provide ideas for how to minimize the potential consequences of this rule.