If the Supreme Court sides with the plaintiffs who brought the case, an estimated 6.4 million moderate-income people would lose premium tax credits. Without these subsidies, many people will simply be unable to afford to purchase health insurance.
March is National Women’s History Month. As part of this month of honoring women’s strength, resilience, and leadership, March 10 was designated as National Women and HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day historically focused on testing and prevention of the infection. With the Affordable Care Act affording many low- and middle-income HIV-positive people quality, affordable health coverage for the first time, this year’s National Women and HIV/AIDS Awareness Day took one step further and also focused on the proper care and treatment for women who are HIV-positive.
By LINDA GUZMAN
An earlier version of this column appeared in The (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun 07.17.11 - 08:23 pm.
This summer, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with my 17-year-old son, Javi. I've been there many times before, but this was his first visit.
Enrollment assisters and stakeholder organizations are working tirelessly to help consumers enroll in health coverage that meets their needs and budgets. But for enrollment assisters working in states that have not yet expanded Medicaid, it isn’t always possible to find an affordable health coverage option. Some people will not be able to get financial help to purchase health insurance through the marketplaces or access low- or no-cost coverage through Medicaid.
On Tuesday, hundreds of patients, families, and advocates came to D.C. from across the country in buses, planes, and trains with one message for Congress: Medicaid matters! I stood with people who had travelled hours and waited in the 100-degree heat just to get inside the Senate building for a rally to let Congress know that Medicaid not only affects the federal budget, but it also affects children, seniors, those with disabilities, and low-income families - and is often the difference between life and death.
This blog was originally posted on the Center for Budget and Policies Priorities's Off the Chart's blog.
A key way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped the United States reach a dramatic drop in the uninsured rate was by expanding the Medicaid program to low and moderate income adults. Despite this success, the House Republican plan to repeal the ACA would freeze the Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. As Arizona’s experience shows, freezing the Medicaid expansion is ending the Medicaid expansion and it’s a move that gambles with the lives of millions of Americans.
Twenty-two states have chosen not to extend Medicaid coverage, leaving hundreds of thousands of their residents in the health coverage gap. These people—who do not qualify for Medicaid in their state, but cannot afford private insurance or marketplace coverage—are left without any option for affordable health insurance. Who are they?
If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, it will also eliminate one of the law’s most popular and successful elements: the expansion of Medicaid to cover people with low and moderate incomes. This would be a terrible mistake.
Earlier last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gave Iowa approval to move forward with its Medicaid expansion, making Iowa the seventh state with a Republican governor to do so.
Starting January 2014, an estimated 150,000 uninsured Iowans can get health coverage through Medicaid. But as Iowa's expanded Medicaid program unfolds, some of its modifications to the Medicaid program need to be tracked closely to ensure that they don't impede access to health care for enrollees with very low incomes.