New ACA Marketplace Rules, Good for Insurance Companies Bad for Consumers

Melissa McChesney

On April 13, 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services released its final “marketplace stabilization” rule. (You may remember that we blogged about the proposed rules when they were released in February.) Regardless of that title, the Marketplace showed signs of stabilization in 2016 under current law. The administration could have capitalized on that progress but instead these rules just fulfill […]

New ACA Marketplace Rules, Good for Insurance Companies Bad for Consumers

Melissa McChesney

Early this month the Senate confirmed Dr. Tom Price, a former Congressman from Georgia, as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. During his confirmation hearing Price said he was committed to, “making certain that every single American has access to the kind of coverage that they want and has the financial feasibility to […]

Texas Has a Lot to Lose with a full ACA Repeal

Melissa McChesney

This post was written by Melissa McChesney and it’s the third post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the ACA was implemented, Texas has seen historic reductions in the number of uninsured in our state. From 2013 to 2015, the uninsured rate in Texas dropped a total of 5 percentage points, with 1.1 million fewer uninsured […]

Changes for Open Enrollment 2017: What You’ve Heard and What it Means

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This post was written by Stacey Pogue and Melissa McChesney and it’s the first post of several in our Countdown to Coverage series.  We’re kicking off our annual blog series leading into the fourth open enrollment, the period when people can up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. It’s important to first identify […]

1.3 Million Texans Signed Up For Marketplace Coverage

Melissa McChesney

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final report for the 2016 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This year enrollment in the Marketplace continued to grow with 1.3 million Texans selecting health plans in the Marketplace, 48 percent of […]

The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part two)

Melissa McChesney

Part Two: I Didn’t Have Health Insurance in 2015 It’s tax season again and like last year we are providing high-level information on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts personal income taxes. Earlier this week, we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people […]

The Affordable Care Act and Your 2015 Taxes (part one)

Melissa McChesney

Part One: I Had Insurance in 2015 It’s tax time again, and it’s the second year people will see changes to their income tax filing because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the first of our now-annual two-part blog series on the ACA and taxes, focusing on taxpayers who had health coverage in […]

Countdown to Coverage: Opportunities to Enroll Year-Round

Melissa McChesney

The third open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act officially closed on February 1, 2016. This year 1.3 million Texans selected a 2016 plan during open enrollment, up slightly from 1.2 million last year. Now that open enrollment has ended, the only way to enroll in coverage through […]

January 31 Final Deadline to Sign up for Coverage

Melissa McChesney

The final deadline to sign up for coverage is almost here. Consumers have to sign up for 2016 coverage by January 31, 2016. Here are a few fast facts about getting covered through HealthCare.gov: It’s not as expensive as you think. So far, 8 out of 10 Texans who enrolled in a health plan were […]

CHIP More Kid-Friendly than Marketplace

Melissa McChesney

In November, the U.S. Health and Human Service (HHS) released a report comparing plan benefits and cost-sharing under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to benefits and cost-sharing in plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The big takeaway from this report is that CHIP health coverage in […]