Reaching the Uninsured After King v. Burwell
This June 2015 fact sheet from Health & Disability Advocates identifies the location of and demographic information for the remaining uninsured in Illinois. The fact sheet promotes partnerships between navigators and brokers to connect the uninsured to health insurance with the marketplace.
What to Know About Provider Networks
This December 2014 fact sheet from the Illinois Department of Insurance explains how consumers can know the strength of their insurance plan’s doctor and hospital network. The fact sheet details how consumers can verify that a provider is network, what to do if a type of provider is not included in a plan, and what sufficiency standards all plans are required to follow.
Breakdown of New Enrollment Rules
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just released new information explaining how passive and active enrollment on the federal marketplace will work. This December 2015 Health Affairs blog post clarifies the complicated CMS guidance and details the processes for consumers when they choose a new plan and when they decide to remain with their old plan.
Is the Affordable Care Act Working?
This October 2014 interactive infographic from the New York Times answers key questions regarding the performance of the ACA based on measures of consumer experience, the level of uninsured, and the economic impact of the law on the healthcare industry. (more…)
2014 Voter Priorities: Fed Budget and the ACA
Just in time for the 2014 election, the National Priorities Project examines voter concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act and healthcare spending bringing to light public opinions. This fact sheet also prompts readers on questions for congressional candidates.
ACA ‘Horror Stories’ and the Articles that Debunked Them
As the Washington Post noted, many “horror stories” about the Affordable Care Act fall apart under scrutiny – yet the debunking information never seems to be to hand when we need it. Well, here is a large collection of scary tales and less-than-truthful anecdotes as fact-checked and debunked by the nation’s press. (more…)
Happy Birthday, ACA!
March 23, 2014, is a special day for us. It’s the first birthday when the #ACA has been fully in force. We decided to mark the occasion by tweeting some #ACAturns4 Sunday brunch-time tidbits, memories and flashbacks from recent years. In case you were not able to celebrate with us, here is a roundup of our tweets – and some from our good friends. (more…)
Halbig v. Sebelius: Text of DC District Court Decision
The District Court of the District of Columbia issued a decision in Halbig v. Sebelius, rejecting the plaintiffs’ argument that the Affordable Care Act authorized tax credits for only those individuals who purchase insurance on a fully operational state-run exchange. This is an important decision, as some of the organizations opposing the ACA have called this argument their last, best chance to sink the ACA in its entirety. The document contains the entire 39-page decision, issued Jan. 14, 2014.
Infographic: ACA Impact on Self Employment
This infographic by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows how the ACA is estimated to significantly increase the number of people who start their own businesses. 1.5 million additional people are expected to become self-employed because of protections or benefits offered by the act. The ACA relieves “job lock,” when people stay in jobs because their health insurance coverage is tied to their employment status.
Public Not Paying Much Attention To State Decisions
The March 2013 tracking poll is one in a series designed and analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s public opinion research team. The March poll finds that two-thirds of the uninsured and a majority of Americans overall say they have too little information to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect them, and that Americans’ awareness of key elements of the law has declined somewhat since passage when media attention was at its height.