While many reactions to the CBO analysis focused on how the BCRA would affect insurance coverage, the bill’s effects on individual market insurance premiums have also received considerable attention.
Under current law, section 1332 provides broad flexibility for states to waive key ACA provisions so long as health coverage is not jeopardized and federal deficits not increased. The changes in the Senate bill would upset this structure. (more…)
Schaeffer Initiative Senior Fellow Matthew Fielder analyzes the potential effects of the Senate’s health care bill on essential health benefits and ACA protections against catastrophic costs.
Republicans and Democrats should aim toward securing the health of the most vulnerable American children and families. (more…)
This post addresses the new MacArthur Amendment specifically and provides more detail on why waivers in one state could have effects elsewhere. (more…)
While it is unclear whether the changes included in the CMS rule will have a small positive or negative impact on market stability, it is clear that the impact pales in comparison to the instability caused by the lack of commitment to fund the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies or to enforce the individual mandate. (more…)
There is room to modify the bundled payment models to address concerns raised by Secretary Price and others without damaging the integrity of the models. (more…)
Weakening essential health benefit standards could also have important negative consequences for the coverage offered by employers of all sizes because it would weaken the ACA’s guarantee of protection against catastrophic costs. (more…)
We estimate that premiums would be around 13 percent higher under the AHCA than they are under current law, holding plan generosity and the individual market age distribution fixed at their current law levels. (more…)
Does the new health care bill proposed by GOP leaders on March 6 contain enough incentives to keep enough healthy people in the pool of people who desire coverage? (more…)