Policy Experts Talk Strategies, Obstacles for “Repeal and Replace”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased access to health care by expanding coverage and reducing the number of uninsured, but problems facing consumers and insurers have some calling for repealing, replacing, or repairing the law. It seems every day we are presented with a new replacement plan or proposed rule, leaving the future of the health care landscape uncertain. Recently, CHIR sent Rachel Schwab to cover two D.C. events that brought together health policy experts to discuss the options and obstacles in front of us. Continue reading

Cancellation of Policies in the Individual Market: Apology Accepted, Mr. President – No Further Action Required

Last Thursday, the President apologized to those individuals currently covered under an individual policy and who will need to transition to a new policy that complies with the 2014 requirements under the Affordable Care Act. In his latest blog, David Cusano notes that this result was a necessary and predictable one, and encourages Americans to accept the President’s apology and move forward by promoting and implementing the protections under the ACA. Continue reading

Market Reforms Roundup: New Report on State Action on 2014 Market Reforms

In our most recent issue brief for the Commonwealth Fund, CHIR researchers studied the progress states have made to date in implementing the 2014 market reforms and found that most states have yet to move forward with changes they need. Katie Keith discusses the actions that states have taken so far and what our findings mean for federal and state regulators as they implement the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

New Report Adds Insights to Debate on Whether Florida Should Exercise Medicaid Option

Our colleagues at the Center for Children and Families are out with a new report analyzing the impact that Medicaid expansion would have in Florida. They found that 800,000 to 1.3 million uninsured Floridians would gain health coverage with no net cost to the state and potential state savings as high as $100 million per year. Joan Alker has more about the report and what it could mean for Floridians. Continue reading

The Results are In: Now What?

With the fundamental direction of health policy in our country on the line, Americans across the country have been waiting with baited breath for Election Day. But those who were hoping for an end to all the prognostication and crystal ball-gazing might not yet get their wish. Sarah Dash provides a look at what the election results mean for the future of the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

State of the States: Trends from 10 Key States

Today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released four new cross-cutting reports prepared by the Urban Institute and CHIR on trends in 10 key states regarding the early market reforms, state insurance exchange development, rate review, and plan participation and competition within the exchange. Katie Keith provides an overview of these reports and their findings. Continue reading