Explains how the new state exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act will improve health coverage for state residents and small businesses.
The second open enrollment period for buying coverage through the health insurance marketplaces ends on February 15, just as tax season is getting underway. Now is a good time to raise a proposal that we first suggested after the first open enrollment period last year: Create a “special enrollment period” for people who learn they will have to pay a tax penalty for being uninsured in 2014.
Whether it is an obsession with town halls, vote counting, or negotiations, much of the focus during this health reform debate has not been on the actual human reasons why reform is so important.
Let's get us back to reality, at least for a quick second.
Wisconsin Deductibles Skyrocket under the Senate Bill to “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act
Contrary to GOP claims, the Senate health care repeal bill would dramatically increase deductibles, rather than lower them. See what this means for Wisconsin.
The Supreme Court, in the King v. Burwell case, will soon decide whether millions of people in 34 states will lose premium tax credits they rely on to make health insurance affordable. Without those tax credits, most of the people affected would be unable to buy insurance and would become uninsured.
With the close of open enrollment only 10 days away, health insurance marketplaces are planning extra events and longer hours to encourage last-minute signups. Yesterday, as part of our open enrollment teleconference series, we heard from five enrollment leaders in states where the federal government runs the marketplace.
Many states are offering extended hours during the final weekend of open enrollment to make sure as many people as possible get covered.
Early this week, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) released the Republican budget, “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.” But the name is a marketing ploy. A close look at the plan reveals that, on the contrary, it would weaken millions of American families by taking away access to affordable health coverage.
The House Republican budget plan includes disastrous health care cuts and program restructuring that would mean significant health insecurity for children, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
At least for the next few months, Congress has shelved its attempts to take health insurance away from tens of millions of people through severe and partisan cuts to the ACA and Medicaid. This extraordinary result is a tribute to consumers and advocates who raised their voices all across the country, in phone calls to Senate and House offices, town-hall meetings, letters to the editor, rallies, and more.
This accomplishment is worth celebrating, but the fight continues. Vital health care priorities are currently up for grabs, in five main areas.
223 years ago today, our forefathers signed the Constitution of the United States of America, giving birth to one of the greatest protections of liberty and justice the world has ever known.
Liberty and justice. For my colleagues and I at Families USA, that's not just a platitude to wave on a sign at a rally. For us it's a guiding principle that drives our work each and every day.
But yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released some pretty stark news about a troubling injustice in America. In 2009, the number of uninsured Americans rose to 50.7 million.
Recent actions by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) represent an encouraging recognition–by one of the biggest payers of health care in the nation—that one-size-fits all payment reforms do not benefit everyone equally.
And they raise the question of whether some of these pay-for-performance programs should be adjusted to better address racial and ethnic health disparities.