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Insights Column 05.22.2018

Third-Party Payment Programs Help Consumers Afford Insurance

Third-party payment programs can improve affordability and increase enrollment for low-income consumers without triggering adverse selection. This week, the Commonwealth Fund published my research report describing several successful programs, primarily local, that use hospital dollars…

Insights Column 11.28.2018

It’s Open Enrollment for Marketplace Coverage! Resources to #GetCovered

Healthcare.gov is now open for business! Until December 15th, consumers can enroll in comprehensive health plans that will start on January 1st 2019. High-quality coverage purchased through healthcare.gov (or a state’s marketplace) includes protections for…

Insights Column 01.13.2016

Louisiana to Expand Medicaid: Outlook for the States in 2016

Legislative sessions during an election year are historically shorter, more budget-oriented and less controversial than other years. But as the Obama administration enters its final year, the Affordable Care Act and the tools it…

Insights Column 10.21.2015

Surprise Medical Bills: Rep. Doggett’s Bill Would Protect Consumers

Yesterday, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) introduced the End Surprise Billing Act, legislation to protect health care consumers from surprise medical bills. Families USA is thrilled to endorse this legislation—we’re encouraged that Representative Doggett, along with more…

Insights Column 02.10.2014

How Expanding Medicaid Saves Medicare Money

A recent report from the Government Accounting Office(GAO) points to one more reason why expanding health coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) makes good economic sense. Expanding Medicaid can eliminate gaps in the…

Insights Column 03.11.2014

How to Help Residents in States That Are Not Expanding Medicaid

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,…