Thanks to progress credited to the Affordable Care Act, only about 11 percent of Americans lack health insurance. Yet approximately a third – more than 100 million – remain dentally uninsured, according to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).
Dental coverage was never a major focus of the ACA. Still, some headway has been made in getting oral health benefits to more Americans since its passage. Continue reading
A new tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation lets you see how the Senate health care bill (as it existed in late June) will affect your community.
It enables you look county-by-county at how premiums are tax credits will look in 2020 both under the Affordable Care Act and under the Senate’s proposed repeal and replace bill, Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Continue reading
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Now that Senate Republicans have delayed action on their Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill until after the Independence Day recess, let’s take a moment to talk about innovation.
One underlying objective of the Affordable Care Act was to spur adoption of value-based care and technology-driven care coordination – in tandem with providing free preventive care. Continue reading
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Early in June, the smart money was on the Senate’s health reform debate spilling into July. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just didn’t have the votes. Moderates (not all of whom are all that “moderate” in general…) had deep misgivings about Medicaid spending, coverage losses and – for at least two moderate female senators – defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Conservatives wanted the repeal to cut more deeply into the Affordable Care Act and eliminate regulations and consumer protections, leaving states and the market to shape insurance coverage and affordability. Continue reading
The Senate last week finally released its long-awaited version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) not only mirrors many of the House’s cuts but in some cases deepens the impact on older adults.
Even before the Congressional Budget Office released its updated score of the bill late Monday – now estimating that at least 22 million American would lose health coverage by 2026 if the BCRA passes – reaction from elder advocacy groups was fierce and swift. Continue reading