Category Archive: The Commonwealth Fund

What Is Your State Doing to Affect Access to Adequate Health Insurance?

       

To Understand How Consumers Are Faring in the Individual Health Insurance Markets, Watch the States

       

Proposed CREATES Amendment Could Impede the Availability of Affordable Generic Drugs

Last month, legislation intended to help remove barriers for generic drugmakers to bring affordable medicines to market cleared an important hurdle when the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the CREATES (Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalen…

Examining Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh’s Health Care Opinions

This post analyzes Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions in the five major health law cases in which he has been involved. It then discusses what we can learn from these opinions as to how Judge Kavanaugh might decide health care disputes as a Supreme Court Justi…

7,000 People Fail to Meet Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement

More than 7,000 people on Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion didn’t meet a requirement that they report at least 80 hours of work in June and face the threat of losing their coverage if they fail to comply sometime before the end of this year, state officia…

Latest Obamacare Shake-Up Could Fuel Rate Hikes

The Trump administration’s latest blow to Obamacare is rattling health insurers as they draw up rate proposals, sparking new worries about huge premium increases just before midterm elections. The administration’s decision to freeze a $10 billion progr…

Getting People the Information They Need

“There shouldn’t be anything controversial about helping people get the information they need to ensure they have affordable, comprehensive coverage, but the Trump administration’s health care sabotage clearly has no limits.” — Senator Patty Murray (D…

The Trump Administration Has a New Argument for Dismantling the Social Safety Net: It Worked

Republicans for years have proclaimed the federal government’s decades-old War on Poverty a failure. “Americans are no better off today than they were before the War on Poverty began in 1964,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) wrote in his 2016 plan …

Trump Health Chief Defends Suspending Obamacare Payments

The Trump administration is bound by a federal court decision to suspend billions of dollars in Obamacare payments, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said Thursday. “We really are in a tough spot,” Verma told re…

New Law May Be Necessary for Medicaid Mandatory Work Requirements, White House Says

The White House suggested on Thursday that Congress may need to pass a new law in order for states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. Mandatory work requirements could be key to motivating adults to work as there is evidence that ma…

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