President-elect Biden has pledged to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide more insurance choices, reduce costs, and make the health care system less complex and more accessible.
Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of California v. Texas about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate to purchase health insurance coverage, which some states are challenging because Congress eliminated the tax penalty associated with the mandate. Based on the justices’ questions during oral arguments, […]
As he launched his Covid-19 Task Force this week, President-elect Joe Biden moved quickly to turn his health care campaign promises into policies in preparation for entering the Oval Office in January. In addition to ending the pandemic, Biden plans to build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by expanding access to and affordability of […]
As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments today about the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the case of California vs. Texas, state-based health insurance marketplaces (SBMs) are actively connecting consumers to health insurance coverage during the annual open enrollment period that launched Nov. 1.
The Supreme Court decision in the California vs. Texas case challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could impact all or just a few of its policies and programs with far-reaching consequences for states. This NASHP slide deck describes the ACA’s major provisions, state implementation of the act, and potential implications if the ACA is overturned […]
For more than a decade, states have been at work implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today, to varying degrees, its provisions are hardwired into all states. If the ACA fails to survive the objections raised in the US Supreme Court case California vs. Texas, states will face significant challenges and new costs.
While the federal COVID-19 public health emergency – which allows for a range of state and federal policy flexibilities in programs such as Medicaid – was recently extended, considering the significant number of pandemic-related policies that states have implemented, officials need to begin preparing now for the eventual end of the emergency. Currently, there is […]
Last week, over 1,000 state health policy leaders and others from every state joined the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) first-ever virtual state health policy conference to discuss a path forward during an unrelenting pandemic and profound budget challenges. As one state official noted, “This was a chance to lift my eyes from […]
State Medicaid, children’s health insurance programs (CHIP) and health insurance marketplaces strive to prepare for an expected increase in the demand for their services as they navigate a world roiled by COVID-19, an economic downturn and ensuing budget crises, and unpredictable federal relief efforts.