Before the Affordable Care Act, where you lived determined how accessible and affordable coverage would be. In a new primer, we provide a 50-state review of access and affordability requirements before the ACA set a federal floor. This look back shows us the landscape we may return to if the ACA is repealed. Continue reading
A new Urban Institute analysis shows that close to 30 million people will lose coverage if the Affordable Care Act is partially repealed through a budget reconciliation process. This will result in national uninsurance rates that are actually higher than they were before the ACA was enacted. What’s behind the numbers? Sabrina Corlette takes a look. Continue reading
The latest round of news about insurance company exits and price increases in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces has sparked more hand-wringing about the future of the law. But to truly assess how the law is working, we need to remember where we were, before the ACA, and how far we have come. Sabrina Corlette takes us down memory lane. Continue reading
HHS released the final Section 1557 rule, completing the suite of non-discrimination rules that constitute some of the most dramatic recent changes in health insurance regulation. JoAnn Volk looks at how the rules stack up in protecting consumers with pre-existing conditions.
Affordable Care Act watchers are bracing themselves for another round of health plan cancellations this fall, even though Obama Administration policy allows for these plans to be continued. CHIR expert Sabrina Corlette discusses issues for consumers transitioning off of these plans and into new coverage. Continue reading
The Congressional Budget Office’s release of new numbers on the ACA’s impact on employment sparked attack and counter attack among opponents and supporters of the law. But CHIR blogger Sabrina Corlette noticed that the CBO’s projections suggest something we at CHIR have suspected and written about for a while: the beginning of the end of job lock. Continue reading
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
The Affordable Care Act played a prominent role in last night’s presidential debate and those that watched the debate closely heard President Obama reference Governor Romney’s plan to allow insurers to sell health insurance across state lines. Sabrina Corlette revisits our most recent study in light of presidential politics. Continue reading