As the King v. Burwell case approaches, there's likely to be more discussion about potential modifications to the ACA's tax credit structure. Policymakers might consider whether there are opportunities to level the playing field for low-income workers, regardless of whether their employers offer insurance.
Feb 12, 2015 | The Morning Consult
Americans devote about 17 percent of GDP to health care consumption. In 2013, U.S. GDP was $16.8 trillion, and the population was 316 million. Together, these numbers imply that Americans spent about $9,200 per person on health care. Who's paying for this?
Jan 15, 2015 | The Morning Consult
The ACA's tax credits currently contain several properties that stabilize premiums while providing assistance to low- and moderate-income people. As policymakers contemplate modifications to the ACA that would affect the tax credits, it will be important to consider not only how they affect those who are eligible, but also how they affect premiums for everyone else.
Nov 10, 2014 | The Morning Consult
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the health insurance Marketplaces -- the online exchanges for buying and selling insurance created by the Affordable Care Act. Last year, after a near-disastrous start that included massive website failures, the Marketplaces rebounded to a surprising success.
Oct 16, 2014 | The Morning Consult
Early survey evidence indicates that the Affordable Care Act has already led to a substantial increase in insurance coverage. Consistent with the ACA's design, this gain in insurance has come not only from new enrollment in the marketplaces, but also from new enrollment in employer coverage and Medicaid.
Apr 8, 2014 | The RAND Blog
Although one of the primary objectives of the Affordable Care Act is to achieve near-universal health insurance coverage, the Congressional Budget Office projects that 30 million residents, more than 10 percent of the nonelderly population, will remain uninsured after the major provisions of the ACA take full effect.
Mar 7, 2014 | The RAND Blog
The vision of the ACA was “no wrong door” and an affordable option for everyone, but it appears based on the data available so far that, in the non-Medicaid expansion states, there is a closed door.
Feb 10, 2014 | Health Affairs Blog
As the ACA is implemented, policy makers should be attuned to potential inefficiencies and inequities created by a system with different regulatory and tax rules for small employers, large employers, and individual health plans. Attempts to equalize the playing field may be difficult.
Dec 2, 2013 | New England Journal of Medicine
David Mastio, Forum editor at USA TODAY, asked RAND's Christine Eibner four questions about President Obama's plan to fix the problem with people getting their insurance canceled.
Nov 15, 2013 | USA Today
Out-of-pocket spending on health care will decrease for both the newly insured as well as for those changing their source of insurance. These decreases will be largest for those who would otherwise be uninsured.
Oct 1, 2013 | The Health Care Blog
Because of the ACA's regulations, some smaller employers with young and healthy workers are considering avoiding the purchase of health care coverage in the regulated market, opting instead to self-insure their employees.
Jun 17, 2013 | The RAND Blog
If the individual mandate were ruled unconstitutional, subsidies and the age structure of premiums should keep enough healthy people in the insurance exchanges to prevent huge spikes in premiums, write Carter C. Price and Christine Eibner.
Mar 21, 2012 | USA Today