The Senate released proposed amendments to their version of the healthcare bill, Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), on July 13th. These amendments were supposed to incorporate concepts and ideals requested by all sides of Republican Senators. The amendments to the bill are: The BCRA allows insurers to offer plans to the public that don’t meet… Continue Reading ›

In March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that 12.2 million people had signed up for health insurance using federal or state exchanges. That tally represented about half a million people fewer than in 2016, a clear indicator that political unrest over healthcare reform and a new administration had affected enrollment. On… Continue Reading ›

Health insurance – and the state of healthcare in the U.S. – has topped news headlines for months thanks to ongoing debate in Congress over how to handle the Affordable Care Act. No new law has replaced former President Obama’s signature legislation, but confusion abounds as we head into the third week of open enrollment… Continue Reading ›

Recent government data claims that 20 million Americans have gained healthcare coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. The Rand Corporation study in 2015, a Gallup poll in 2016, and the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) report in 2016, all confirmed an average reduction of the uninsured population by approximately 16.9 million and… Continue Reading ›

Federal Health Insurance Subsidies for People Under Age 65 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires a set budget and an annual analysis of costs for its broad effects on tax treatment for employment-based coverage, Medicaid costs for those under age 65, and other payments directly related to the health care law. In 2016, the Congressional… Continue Reading ›

A new Gallup poll reveals that Americans support a single-payer health care system over the existing system under the Affordable Care Act. Among those polled, 58 percent prefer a single-payer system like the one advocated by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, 51 percent support getting rid of the ACA and replacing it with something new, and… Continue Reading ›

Illegal immigrants may soon have access to affordable health care in California. In a controversial move that sparked immediate debate beyond state borders, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on June 10 that would allow undocumented residents to obtain health insurance through the state’s marketplace, Covered California. The bill’s author, Senator Ricardo Lara, created… Continue Reading ›

By Jan. 20, 2016, about 11.5 million people had purchased Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant coverage, including those in all 50 states and the  District of Columbia. By the end of 2016,  up to 14.7 million consumers are predicted to purchase plans. Consumers must purchase ACA-compliant plans during the Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which ends on… Continue Reading ›

The latest Open Enrollment Period (OEP), the nation’s third, is going very well. In fact, the Obama administration now predicts as many as 14.7 million ACA enrollees by the end of 2016. The previous year’s estimates only predicted 9.1 million enrollees. However, recent research suggests that few uninsured Americans are aware of upcoming enrollment deadlines… Continue Reading ›

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has succeeded in providing health coverage to millions of Americans, certain holdouts are proving more difficult to insure. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that by the end of 2016, the total number of insured people nationwide will be about 10 million. This… Continue Reading ›