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.
By, Gene Lewit and Lian Wong, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Posted May 15, 2012
The House is expected to vote today on a Republican proposal to slash health care spending for low-income and middle-class families. Unfortunately, cutting services for America's families is becoming a familiar refrain of House Republicans.
As we await the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act coming in June, Families USA and other organizations are tallying up the benefits the law has provided so far-and the potential costs if the law is overturned. Last week, the Center for American Progress released Women and Obamacare, a report summarizing everything women stand to lose if the Supreme Court rules against the law-and it's not pretty.
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies will send $1.3 billion dollars in rebates to consumers and small and large businesses this August. This is all because of the medical loss ratio provision that requires health insurance plans to spend most of your premium dollars on health care and quality improvements or to give your money back.
What do the national smoking cessation hotline, fresh vegetables for low-income urban neighborhoods, vaccinations for kids without insurance, and new residency positions for badly needed primary care physicians have in common?
If Republicans have their way, these efforts are all about to take a big hit.
When a Health Insurer Leaves the Individual Market: What States Can Do before Certain Affordable Care Act Changes Take Effect in 2014
Explains how states can enact more comprehensive protections for consumers who buy health insurance on their own before the Affordable Care Act goes into full effect in 2014.
Provides national and state data on the millions of people with private insurance who will be helped by the new plain-language descriptions of health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act.
Provides new state data on the number of small businesses and small business workers who could benefit from this new tax credit;explains how the tax credit works.