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How will the Graham-Cassidy Proposal Affect the Number of People with Health Insurance Coverage?

Based on this analysis, we estimate that the Graham-Cassidy legislation would reduce the number of people with insurance coverage by around 21 million each year during the 2020 through 2026 period. (more…)

Why Bernie Sanders’s Plan for Universal Health Care is Only Half Right

Every American should automatically get health insurance, but Medicare for all isn’t the correct path towards that goal.  (more…)

Why America Needs a ‘Do-Over’ on Medicaid Reform

Republicans and Democrats should aim toward securing the health of the most vulnerable American children and families. (more…)

To Promote Stability in Health Insurance Exchanges, End the Uncertainty Around Cost-Sharing and Other Rules

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…)

New Changes to Essential Benefits in the GOP Health Bill Could Jeopardize Protections Against Catastrophic Costs, Even for People with Job-Based Coverage

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…)

House Plan to Replace Obamacare ‘has Republican DNA,’ Especially Regarding Mandate

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…)

Expect the CBO to Estimate Large Coverage Losses from the GOP Health Care Plan

In anticipation of the official CBO estimates, this blog post draws upon prior CBO estimates and analysis to assess how they will likely expect this legislation to impact insurance coverage. 
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Why Risk Adjustment is a Crucial Component of Individual Market Reform

In order to mitigate incentives for insurance companies to avoid sicker patients, policymakers will need to include a risk adjustment program in any replacement reforms that require insurers to issue insurance to any applicant and set limits on adjusting premiums to fully reflect an enrollee’s health status. (more…)

Paying for an ACA Replacement Becomes Near Impossible if the Law’s Tax Increases are Repealed

The tax cuts that would be enacted if Congress models its ACA repeal on the legislation that was passed early last year through the budget reconciliation process would make it much more difficult to achieve a sustainable replacement plan that provides meaningful coverage without increasing deficits. (more…)

Why Repealing the ACA Before Replacing it Won’t Work, and What Might

Republicans have offered up no shortage of ACA replacement plans, but many are still in outline form or lack critical details. This post outlines why repealing with out a replacement won’t work and what policies should be considered.  (more…)

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