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Report 02.01.2013

Medicaid Expansion Boosts State Economies

In 2013, we reached out to many states that were actively engaged in the Medicaid expansion debate. These states faced an important decision: whether or not to accept federal dollars to provide health coverage…

Report 02.01.2013

Implementing Consumer-Friendly Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act requires each state to have a health insurance marketplace (also known as an "exchange"), and it sets minimum standards for health plans sold in  the marketplaces. But states have flexibility…

Insights Column 01.29.2013

Americans Favor Moving Forward on ACA Implementation

The next couple of months are going to be pretty busy for Congress as they work to reach a budget resolution and avert a government shutdown. Like a broken record, opponents of health care…

Insights Column 01.15.2013

States can do more to prevent childhood dental disesases

As a child, going to the dentist is almost a rite of passage—like your first haircut or your first day of school. But for many American children, visiting the dentist is a childhood tradition…

Insights Column 01.04.2013

Deficit Reduction Achieved, Health Care Protected

On Tuesday, Congress passed a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” It passed both the Senate and the House with large majorities. The deal did not cut Medicaid or Medicare benefits. For weeks, we’ve…

Video 01.01.2013

The Truth about Budget Cuts

In order to address the budget crisis, some congressional Republicans suggest cutting health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid instead of asking wealthy corporations and the richest 1 percent of Americans to pay their…

Report 01.01.2013

State Advocate To-Do List for 2013

With the health insurance marketplaces opening in October, we know 2013 is going to be a busy year for advocates as they prepare, to educate, and enroll consumers. Health policy experts and state advocates…