The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new issue brief this week which highlights the number of people who have pre-existing conditions and would be uninsurable if the ACA is repealed. Check out our news item for the total number of people who would be uninsurable under the law as it stood pre-ACA and for a list of those states which would be affected the most. Our news story also has a link to download a copy of the brief and can be found here. Kaiser’s CEO also wrote an op-ed which examines the issue of pre-existing conditions and how they would be dealt with under some of the Republican proposals. To read that article, click here.
This week, HHS released a breakdown of how the Affordable Care Act has had an impact on a state-by-state basis in all areas of coverage, including employer-based coverage, the individual market, Medicare and Medicaid. To read more about this report or for links to the HHS press release and report, check out our news item by clicking here.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell also wrote a blog post for Health Affairs entitled “Building a System That Works: the Future of Health Care.” In the article, she reflects on all the reforms accomplished through the ACA including the areas of outcome-based payments, improved care along with access to care and using health data. To read this blog post, click here. Also of note for navigators on the Health Affairs blog this week is a post by Timothy Jost which addresses the new pilot programs CMS is establishing to verify the eligibility for Special Enrollment Periods. To read this blog post, click here.
Families USA has released a series of state specific fact sheets that look at the effect a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on the residents of those states. We’ve added these fact sheets to each individual state page on the NDNRC website under “State Specific Resources.” To check your state, click on the state on our “State Resource Guide Map” available here.