If Republicans in Congress end the ACA's Medicaid expansion or radically change the structure of the Medicaid program by capping or cutting funding, it could severely hurt rural Americans and cripple state economies across the country.
Efforts in Congress to cut Medicaid jeopardize a critical source of health coverage for veterans. Approximately 1.75 million veterans—nearly 1 in 10—have Medicaid as a source of coverage.
Starting in 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were enacted into law, our nation incrementally bent the arc toward the crowning achievement in health coverage justice: universal health insurance. That progress has been substantial – with enhancements in people gaining coverage occurring throughout the years thereafter, culminating in the historic Affordable Care Act (ACA). But we still have a long way to go.
ACA opponents often complain about deductibles in the law’s health insurance marketplaces. But under the Senate bill health care repeal bill, deductibles would skyrocket for most marketplace enrollees.
Our analysis of HHS data shows that, with all states combined, deductibles would rise greatly for between 7.7 million and 8.5 million out of the 11.1 million people who received Marketplace coverage in 2016—between 69 percent and 77 percent of all Marketplace enrollees.
Use this checklist to determine whether the Senate's ACA repeal bill protects those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Recently, the state of Wisconsin submitted an application to the federal government seeking Medicaid waiver authority to make drug testing a condition of eligibility for the state’s adult Medicaid program--BadgerCare. This request breaks dangerous new ground; drug testing has never been allowed as part of the application process in the Medicaid program. That’s because it is illegal, it will make it harder for everyone applying for Medicaid, and it will hurt rather than help those with substance use disorders.
We lay out the eight ways to evaluate the quality of any replacement plan put forth by Republicans in Congress.
Yesterday, President Trump and Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan announced the “immediate” end of payments to fund cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Coming three weeks before open enrollment, this is the most malicious and harmful attack yet by the Trump Administration on the Affordable Care Act. It will wreak extreme havoc on health care for America’s families. CSR payments cover insurers’ cost of lowering deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for almost 6 million marketplace enrollees in low-wage, working families.
Today, we saw the final enrollment numbers for the fourth open enrollment period. They build on earlier reports showing a high demand for coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces (exchanges).
Here’s our quick take on the numbers.