House Hearings Shed Light on a Key Policy Priority: Protecting People with Pre-Existing Conditions

After becoming a rallying cry in the midterm elections, pre-existing condition protections have taken center stage on Capitol Hill: in January and February, the House of Representatives held three hearings about protecting people with pre-existing conditions, before the Ways & Means Committee, the Education & Labor Committee, and the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee. As the ACA faces legal challenges in federal court, these proceedings set the scene for how this policy debate will play out in Congress and offer insight into potential legislative action. Continue reading

Congress Asked States for Health Reform Ideas. They May Be Surprised by What They Hear

Shortly after the election, Congress asked state officials to provide input on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. CHIR expert Sabrina Corlette tracked down 34 of those letters, and found the responses – particularly from states with Republican leaders – to not not always be what she expected. She shared her top takeaways here. Continue reading

Definition of Insanity? Trump Transition Team Proposals for “Replacing” the Affordable Care Act

President-elect Trump’s transition team has posted their top replacement ideas for the Affordable Care Act. But those ideas – allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, reinstating high risk pools, and expanding HSAs – are all tired retreads of old policies that have been proven failures. Sabrina Corlette takes a look. Continue reading

Republican Health Proposal Likely Means Less Coverage, Higher Costs, Fewer Consumer Protections

A trio of Republican Senators have introduced legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act and detailing alternative reforms to the health care system. However, as noted in this blog by Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the bill rolls back important insurance reforms, makes coverage less affordable for low income people, and hobbles the Medicaid program. Continue reading

As High Risk Pool Coverage Ends, Coverage Gaps Could Arise for Some Enrollees

As ACA implementation unfolds, one group that will be transitioning to new coverage is individuals enrolled in state-run high risk pools. Because these individuals have such significant health care needs, their transition to new coverage raises potential concerns, especially for those who use their high risk pool plan to supplement their Medicare coverage. In this blog, JoAnn Volk takes a look at those transition issues and how some states are responding.
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RIP, PCIPs

On Friday, the Obama Administration announced that they were closing the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) to new enrollment. Sabrina Corlette takes a look at the decision and what it means for consumers – and for implementation of the ACA. Continue reading