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This survey of 10,502 non-elderly adults was fielded between September 2 and December 15, 2014 with the goal of understanding why some people continue to lack coverage.
Health Affairs policy brief on the "family glitch", an eligibility issue that could lock out some low-to-moderate-income families from, receiving financial assistance to purchase health coverage through the new health insurance Marketplaces.
An updated fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation summarizes the latest information on health plan coverage of preventive services under the Affordable Care Act. The fact sheet details the rules that govern when plans are required to cover services without cost-sharing and which services are covered.
A Little Knowledge Is a Risky Thing: Wide Gap in What People Think They Know About Health Insurance and What They Actually Know
Issue Brief published by the American Institutes for Research detailing the divided between what health insurance consumers think they know about health insurance and what their actual knowledge base is.
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities released a flyer containing information about the open enrollment period starting in November
Worksheet produced by the Catalyst Center on the differences between the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) and Funding Opportunities Act (FOA) medicaid buy in program. Two medicaid policy option for helping address medical debt and financial hardship among families raising children with disabilities
Issue Brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation explaining how states access the ACA enhanced Medicaid match rates.
The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to extend coverage to many of the 47 million nonelderly uninsured people nationwide, including the 1.4 million uninsured Pennsylvanians. The ACA establishes coverage provisions across the income spectrum, with the expansion of Medicaid eligibility for adults serving as the vehicle for covering low-income individuals and premium tax credits to help people purchase insurance directly through new Health Insurance Marketplaces serving as the vehicle for covering people with moderate incomes. With the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling, the Medicaid expansion became optional for states, and as of August 2014, Pennsylvania was planning to implement the expansion in 2015.1 As a result, almost all nonelderly uninsured, most of whom are adults, will become eligible for coverage under the ACA coverage expansions. As the coverage expansions are implemented and coverage changes are assessed, it is important to understand the potential impact of the law in the state.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into full effect on January 1, 2014, ushering in health insurance reforms and new health coverage options in Utah and across the country. Although the Medicaid expansion debate is still underway in the state, Utah is experiencing changes to its health care delivery system. This fact sheet provides an overview of the population health, health coverage, and health care delivery system in Utah in the era of health reform.
For decades, states have set rules for health coverage through mandates, laws that require insurers to cover specific types of medical care or services. The health law contains provisions aimed at curbing this piecemeal approach to coverage. States, however, continue to pass new mandates, but with a twist: Now they are adding language to sidestep the health law, making it tougher than ever for consumers to know whether they are covered or not. This can affect coverage for people with disabilities based on their state and what each state decides to cover.
Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect on January 1, 2011. It is an optional provision of the ACA. States that create Medicaid Health Homes have an opportunity to integrate primary care, mental, behavioral, and substance use services for individuals with certain chronic conditions who are enrolled in Medicaid.
Coverage to Care Project
As part of a health literacy campaign called Coverage to Care, CMS has released this new consumer friendly document which includes 8 steps to help consumers and health care providers be informed about the diverse benefits available through their coverage and how to access care.
AUCD staffer Rachel Patterson presented this webinar for the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Michigan about what's changing (and what's not) for people with disabilities in Michigan due to the Affordable Care Act.
CMS has published this 10 part video series on tips for consumers to help them navigate their new health plan.
Almost 50 million people, or about 16 percent of the population of the United States, live in rural areas. The populations of rural areas have different demographics, health needs and insurance coverage profiles than their urban counterparts, which means that Medicaid and Marketplace coverage reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect the two populations differently. This brief examines these differences in populations and coverage patterns and assesses how ACA coverage reforms will affect rural and metropolitan areas in different ways.