Issue: Affordable Care Act - Page 2

ACA Progress Remains Under Attack

The ACA has fulfilled its promise to extend health care coverage to millions of Americans, who in turn are no longer existing on the edges of the health care system. But health care advocates must remain aware of seemingly small changes that in fact are already undermining the ACA’s progress and increasing the number of Americans who are uninsured.

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Medicaid Work Requirements Meant to Fight Poverty? Public Doesn’t Buy It

Most Americans don’t buy the argument that the primary aim of allowing states to add work requirements to Medicaid is to pull more people out of poverty. Instead, more people believe the motivation is a different goal: to cut Medicaid spending by creating bureaucracy and barriers that then reduce enrollment in the health insurance program for low-income Americans.

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Medicaid Work Requirements Won’t Work and Are Likely Illegal

Work requirements appear to be a more subtle attempt to reduce the number of non-disabled adults added to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which survived multiple attempts last year by Congress to repeal and replace it. But a work requirement for Medicaid isn’t necessary and won’t work. Not when nearly 80 percent of adults on Medicaid already live in working families and about 60 percent work themselves.

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Patients, Health Insurers Challenge Iowa’s Privatized Medicaid

Iowa moved about 600,000 people on Medicaid into care that is managed by for-profit insurance companies. The idea is that the private companies would save the state money, but it has been a rocky transition, especially for people like Neal Siegel. Siegel is one of six disabled Iowans suing the state, alleging that Medicaid managed care, as it is known, deprives thousands of Iowans with disabilities the right to live safely in their homes.

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5 Facts to Know If You or a Friend Need Coverage

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act on HealthCare.gov will be half as long this year and there will be less public education about enrollment information and key deadlines than during previous open enrollments. This will make it that much harder for people to find the facts and information they need in order to sign up for health coverage. If you’re looking for coverage or helping someone who is looking, here is what you need to know (and please share!).

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Those Who Guide Consumers through ACA Hitting Roadblocks

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less than a month away. But the current landscape is marked by funding cuts and other White House efforts to pull back on Affordable Care Act outreach, which has led some people to brace for what they foresee as the toughest season yet. And the latest wrinkle? In states like Iowa that use the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov, many navigators — nonprofit groups and workers who receive federal funding to help consumers enroll — are hitting snags completing a mandatory certification course.

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Groups Unite to Oppose Destructive Health Care Bill

Saying that “health care is too important to get wrong,” groups representing hospitals, physicians and health insurance plans all warned that the bill’s cuts to Medicaid would cause millions of Americans to lose their coverage and the changes would weaken individual insurance markets, making coverage more costly. They also warned that patients and consumers will lose important protections and those with significant illnesses will be charged higher premiums and may not be able to buy coverage.

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Latest Repeal-and-Replace Plan is the Worst Yet

The latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace plan may be the last, which is why the proposal authored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy is picking up steam despite the threat it poses to state budgets, taxpayers and vulnerable citizens. The Graham-Cassidy proposal will undermine state Medicaid programs and put taxpayers at risk for funding other state programs.

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