Fact Sheet
February 2018

Health Insurance Down Payments: The Maryland Plan

To protect their residents, some states are considering using their own income tax systems to replace the federal government’s enforcement of the individual mandate. But another approach under consideration in Maryland would both prevent the harm forecast by CBO while taking new steps to insure families who would otherwise remain without coverage.

Not only would Maryland’s approach increase coverage, newly insured young and healthy residents would improve the overall risk pool, stabilizing markets and lowering premiums for numerous insured residents who buy individual coverage. 

Fact Sheet
February 2018

Idaho Insurance Plans Violate Health Care Law and Require Federal Action

Idaho state officials sought to create “state-based plans” for health insurance that would set a precedent for individual market insurance plans that could deny coverage for preexisting conditions. The Idaho health insurance guidelines would put older and sicker residents at a disadvantage. 

Fact Sheet
January 2018

America’s Seniors Need Medicare Oral Health Coverage

Nearly 60 million seniors and disabled persons rely on the Medicare program – and only about one-third of them have any coverage for oral health care. The Medicare statute currently excludes coverage for almost all oral health care. As a result, people with Medicare coverage suffer the physical and financial consequences of untreated dental problems.

Issue Brief
December 2017

Using Hospital Community Benefits to Improve Access to Oral Health Care

As part of their tax obligation to provide benefits to the community beyond hospital care, nonprofit hospitals can fund oral health initiatives such as community dental clinics, mobile dental services, vouchers for dental care and oral health advocacy coalitions in the communities they serve. In this issue brief we explain how to advocate for such initiatives.

Fact Sheet
November 2017

How the Tax Bill Will Force States to Cut Medicaid

One of the most destructive ways the tax bill attacks health care has gotten the least attention.

In addition to kicking people off coverage by repealing the individual mandate and setting the stage for huge funding cuts down the road because of the ballooning deficit, the tax bill will sap states’ ability to fund vital health care programs.

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