A new sumary brief from the Urban Institute highlights key points regarding the potential impact on consumers, health spending and the number of uninsured Americans if the Supreme Court rules that Affordable Care Act tax credits are unconstitutional in 34 states. Researchers say that 9.3 million people would lose tax credits, with two-thirds of these people becoming uninsured and health care spending would fall by at least 35 percent (projected loss of $9.7 billion).
March 2, 2015
A new report from the Urban Institute illustrates how state-based marketplaces have managed the enrollment process for consumers who experience life-changing circumstances, such as getting married, having a baby or losing employer-sponsored coverage or Medicaid, qualifying them to enroll in a marketplace plan outside of the normal open enrollment period.
February 25, 2015
A new blog from Kathy Hempstead examines Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending data on health care services and prescription drugs. She notes that spending in the first three quarters of 2014 outpaced the same period in 2013 (5.0% vs. 3.6%). Kathy attributes not only prices going up, but also an increase in utilization, especially prescription drug utilization.
February 25, 2015
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New data from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey shows many uninsured adults are unaware of the looming tax penalty for individuals who have not obtained health insurance. Only a quarter of the uninsured people surveyed with incomes in the tax penalty range expect to pay the penalty. The authors say that low awareness of the penalties is compounded by little awareness of the deadline for enrolling in insurance plans.
February 19, 2015
A new brief from the Urban Institute shows health care spending would fall by at least 35 percent for those 8.2 million becoming uninsured if the Supreme Court rules against tax credits being used to lower the cost of insurance premiums. The analysis shows the corresponding drop in health care spending would significantly lower physician, hospital and prescription drug spending.
February 12, 2015