September 5, 2017, Consumer Reports, Donna Rosato- Open enrollment for health insurance is less than two months away. And if you’re thinking of signing up for an Affordable Care Act plan, you’re probably more than a little confused and anxious.
While GOP efforts to repeal or replace the ACA failed over the summer, the Trump administration has already taken several steps that could make signing up more difficult.
For one, last week it slashed the advertising budget for open enrollment by 90 percent, from $100 million to $10 million. For another, it cut in half the grants to ACA “navigators,” experts trained in helping people sign up for coverage.
September 5, 2017, Kaiser Health News, Shefali Luthra- Efforts by Republican lawmakers to scale back Medicaid enrollment could undercut an aspect of the program that has widespread bipartisan appeal - covering more children,research published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs suggests.The study focuses on the impact of Medicaid’s “welcome-mat” effect - a term used to describe the spillover benefits kids get when Medicaid eligibility is extended to their parents.Children were more likely to be enrolled in public health insurance programs - specifically Medicaid, which in some states is administered as an expansion of the federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program.
August 24, 2017, NBC News, Chandelis R. Duster- Health care disparities among blacks and Latinos compared to whites have narrowed because of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to a study published by the The Commonwealth Fund Thursday.The report found that the number of blacks and Latinos without health care coverage dropped during the first two years of the ACA’s coverage expansion.From 2013 and 2015, the uninsured rate among blacks between ages 19-64 dropped 9 percent, and dropped 12 percent among uninsured Latinos ages 19-64, the study showed. The rate of uninsured whites dropped 5 percent. The disparity among uninsured blacks and whites also narrowed by 4 percent and among Latinos and whites narrowed 7 percent.
August 29, 2017, CNBC, Dan Mangan- The nation’s rate of people without health insurance was at historically low levels during President Donald Trump’s first several months in office, at the same time he was pushing hard for the elimination of Obamacare, new federal data show.The data, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is sure to be used as a measuring stick for how Trump administration policies affect the nation’s uninsured rate, which has plummeted since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.In the first three months of 2017, just 8.8 percent of Americans - or 28.1 million people - lacked health insurance, the CDC said.
August 29, 2017, CBS News, Emily Tillett- Governor John Kasich and Governor John Hickenlooper are moving ahead on their joint effort to tackle health care reform, announcing on Monday that the two will be proposing a “blueprint” on ways to stabalize the health insurance market. Kasich says the next step in the duo’s fight for comprehensive reform will include “sharing our ideas with Republican and Democrat governors in our coalition,” and he says he hopes to have a final version to announce sometime later this week. While the governors have not yet released any details, the two governors have been collaborating over the past few months on their own efforts toward revising health care legislation that incorporates a stronger bipartisan approach.
August 30, 2017, CBS News, Walecia Konrad- Underscoring the adage that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s (almost) gone, the popularity of Obamacare is surging.
Only weeks after Republicans in Congress failed to repeal the landmark health reform law, 52 percent of respondents hold a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation August poll. That’s up 10 percentage points since June of last year and nearly 20 points since November 2013, when public support for the ACA was at its nadir. A July poll by CBS News after the repeal effort collapsed found that a plurality of Americans favors a bipartisan push in Congress to improve Obamacare.