Expanding health insurance coverage was a main priority of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Medicaid expansion was a key component of these reforms. Since the ACA’s implementation, the percentage of the population without health insurance has dropped to a historic low. Despite gains, there is still a long way to go to achieve universal health coverage and address disparities in coverage, particularly in states not expanding Medicaid.
What We Know
Public insurance options for children – Research assessing relative value of Medicaid and CHIP
Medicare Part D cost-sharing – Research shows high out-of-pocket costs may limit or delay start of treatment
Reallocating employer-sponsored insurance tax subsidies – Analysis of economic tradeoffs and potential effects of alternative proposals
Medicaid ‘pay bump’ - Evidence of its impact on access
Essential health benefits - Data brief on how they vary across states
Autism insurance mandates – Research on their impact on diagnosis rates
CO-OPs - Analysis of their unsustainable bottom lines
What We're Watching
Drug prices – A string of controversies, with distinct storylines
Price transparency – Research shows that its benefits are murky
Sustainability of ACA marketplaces – Major insurers pull out, stirring the debate
Implementation of ACA provisions –Are delays to the Cadillac Tax really a long goodbye?