Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new budget baseline for 2018 to 2028. The baseline report shows a significant increase in projected budget deficits compared to the 2017 baseline.
Update: Judge O’Connor heard oral arguments in Texas v. United States on September 5, summarized in this Health Affairs article. It is not clear how quickly the judge will rule on a preliminary injunction. The Department of Justice, despite arguing to undo preexisting condition protections, has admitted that a negative decision, even if appealed, would bring chaos and uncertainty during open enrollment this fall.
If the Texas vs. United States lawsuit overturns the Affordable Care Act, the veterans who become completely uninsured as a result will outnumber the entire U.S. Army and Marine Corps combined.
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual-coverage requirement—often called the "individual mandate"—makes it possible to ban health insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions while keeping insurance markets stable and functional.
The partial government shutdown enters its 27th day and no end is in sight. Although major health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare are funded, this is not true for the Indian Health Services (IHS). The IHS is a health care agency run by the Department of Health and Human Services but funded by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
Republican congressional leaders are not giving up on repealing the Affordable Care Act and the newest amendment only makes a bad bill worse.
On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would make it much harder for immigrants to obtain visas (including visas to study or work in the U.S.), extend their visas, or adjust their status to become lawful permanent residents.
The Return of Churn: State Paperwork Barriers Caused More Than 1.5 Million Low-Income People to Lose Their Medicaid Coverage in 2018
In 2018, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program decreased by about 1.6 million enrollees, 744,000 of which were children. There is strong evidence that a driving factor of the decline in enrollment is state policy decisions to engage in punitive annual (or even monthly) eligibility redetermination processes in which large percentages of Medicaid enrollees lose coverage.
The Trump Administration Continues Its Attack on Medicaid by Dramatically Weakening the Equal Access Rule
The Trump administration is proposing a policy that would weaken protections for people in the program and lead to diminished access to critical services, particularly for people with high health care needs who get coverage through Medicaid.
Earlier this week, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. This is the president’s first full budget proposal since taking office and it outlines the administration’s vision for the future. Although the budget proposal is non-binding and many elements need congressional approval for enactment, the administration can implement some of these policies on its own, through regulations, executive orders, and guidance. This is an eye-opening and chilling road map for where the administration wants to take health care for families and children.