How the ACA Fights the Opioid Epidemic

Every day, on average, 78 Americans die from opioid abuse.[1] But did you know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) has been the key way that states have developed tools to fight the opioid epidemic across America? The ACA’s expansion of healthcare coverage—including benefits for prevention, treatment and harm reduction—continues to help lessen the epidemic and save lives. […]

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 […]

Groups Urge State Leaders to Protect Health Care for All Texans

Anne Dunkelberg

Earlier this month, leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to all governors and state insurance commissioners requesting input on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance sent a separate letter seeking similar input to members of the Republican Governor’s Association. As Congress […]

What’s Next for the Affordable Care Act?

Anne Dunkelberg

Given the results of the national election, we know that many people concerned with Texans’ access to quality health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are uncertain about the future availability of coverage. It’s too early to predict what policy changes Texas and the rest of the country might see, but here are some things […]

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 […]

Marketplace Enrollment Tools Help Consumers

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Did you know that 48 percent of uninsured consumers don’t feel confident in choosing a health plan? The great news is that this open enrollment period there are new and improved tools to help consumers choose the best health insurance plan for themselves and their families. Consumers who fully understand their plan benefits are more […]

Marriage Decision Makes Health Insurance Benefits Accessible

Melissa McChesney

On Friday June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court made history by requiring states to allow same-sex couples to marry and to acknowledge marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states. This landmark decision allows same-sex couples to get married and have their marriages recognized in all states. One important thing to remember is that getting […]

Refunds and Repayments from Marketplace Subsidies Very Likely

Melissa McChesney

Last January people across the country began receiving subsidies as they signed up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These subsidies help pay premiums for individuals enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) through the Marketplace. In the first (2014) open enrollment period, 733,757 Texans […]

Setting the Record Straight on Pre- and Post-ACA rates

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

It seems that bogus comparisons of health insurance premiums before and after the Affordable Care Act (a.ka. Obamacare) keep popping up.  Many of these analyses are misleading at best—comparing apples to oranges and ignoring what people will actually pay once subsidies are included. Given that we probably  won’t see the end of these comparisons any […]