Expert analysis of the latest health reform issues

According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, 4.7 million Americans who are currently uninsured could get free Bronze plans for 2020 (thanks to premium subsidies that are large enough to cover the entire cost of the premiums).

The Scoop: December 11, 2019 Edition

December 11, 2019 – Headlines in this edition of The Scoop: In most states, open enrollment ends Sunday; 4.7 million uninsured Americans could get FREE… Read more

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is opposed to Medicaid expansion but says he'll “uphold the will of the people” if the measure ends up on the ballot and voters approve it.

The Scoop: December 4, 2019 Edition

December 4, 2019 – Headlines in this edition of The Scoop: End of open enrollment days away in most states; Florida board recommends state codify ACA consumer… Read more

Medicaid expansion is delivering coverage – and care – for homeless people affected by serious mental illness, alcohol, or illicit drug use disorders. The catch? Your state actually has to do it.

Want to help the homeless? Embrace Medicaid expansion.

December 3, 2019 – Medicaid expansion is delivering coverage – and care – for homeless people affected by serious mental illness, alcohol, or illicit drug… Read more

An Illinois bill that would limit how much state-regulated insurers can require members to pay for insulin awaits Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature.

The Scoop: November 27, 2019 Edition

November 27, 2019 – Headlines in this edition of The Scoop: Illinois expected to cap insulin cost-sharing at $100 per month as of 2021; Tennessee submits… Read more

Students at BYU-Idaho are petitioning the school to allow students to select their own health coverage – including Medicaid if they’re eligible for it.

The Scoop: November 20, 2019 Edition

November 20, 2019 – In this edition of The Scoop: some plaintiff states eye consumer protection measures in case their legal challenge the ACA succeeds; a… Read more

The Affordable Care Act ensures that coverage is guaranteed-issue for people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes (which affects 30 million Americans).

50 populations whose lives are better thanks to the ACA

November 19, 2019 – Millions of Americans would have worse health insurance – or none at all – without Obamacare's provisions. But the law's protections… Read more

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is considering a transition to a state-run health insurance exchange, as well as a reinsurance program that could reduce premiums in the state’s individual insurance market.

The Scoop: November 13, 2019 Edition

November 13, 2019 – In this edition of The Scoop: some plaintiff states eye consumer protection measures in case their legal challenge the ACA succeeds; a… Read more

Election results this week in Kentucky and Virginia are likely to shore up Medicaid expansion in both states.

The Scoop: November 6, 2019 Edition

November 6, 2019 – In this week's edition of The Scoop: election results this week in Kentucky and Virginia are likely to shore up Medicaid expansion in both… Read more

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging Gov. Matt Bevin in the November election – and is also expected to challenge Bevin's changes to Medicaid if he's elected.

The Scoop: October 30, 2019 Edition

October 30, 2019 – In this week's edition of The Scoop: Open enrollment starts on Friday; Oklahoma submits record number of signatures for Medicaid expansion… Read more

Kansas legislation allows Farm Bureau to sell medically underwritten health coverage that’s not subject to ACA rules. The plans became available for purchase this month.

The Scoop: October 23, 2019 Edition

October 23, 2019 – In this week's edition of The Scoop: Most of the state-run exchanges have enabled window shopping for 2020 plans; Arizona has indefinitely… Read more

Though it may never go into effect, the amended public charge rule has already had a chilling effect on immigrant use of services.

Courts resist assault on benefits for immigrants and the poor – so far

October 22, 2019 – The Trump administration’s 'public charge rule' and favored Medicaid work requirements have been stayed by federal courts. Will those… Read more

California has enacted several pieces of healthcare legislation, including measures that address nurse staffing levels in hospitals.

The Scoop: October 16, 2019 Edition

October 16, 2019 – In this week's edition of The Scoop: open enrollment is underway in California; window shopping is available in several states; Medicare… Read more