The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has developed a webinar series to prepare advocates and state and local officials to help consumers access the Affordable Care Act's new health coverage opportunities. Find videos of the webinar, answers to frequently asked questions, and more on our new web site Health Reform: Beyond the Basics.
Health Reform & the Deficit
The analysis of the health reform legislation prepared by the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been widely misrepresented and misunderstood. For example, the actuary does not estimate that health reform will increase the federal deficit nor that health reform will cost more than CBO estimates.
How Health Reform Helps Reduce the Deficit
Off the Charts Blog: Dispelling Confusion About New CBO Letter on Health Reform Law
Health Reform Will Reduce the Deficit: Claims of Budget Gimmickry Are Unfounded
(With podcast series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4)
November 19, 2013
House Bill to Expand “Grandfathering” of Individual-Market Plans Would Raise Premiums in Insurance Marketplaces and Undermine Market Reforms
November 12, 2013
Updated October 30, 2013
Revised October 28, 2013
Updated October 12, 2013
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Resources for Advocates
Over the coming months, most states will be considering whether to expand Medicaid. State advocates can play a critical role in these discussions by making the case that the expansion is a good deal for states. This toolkit brings together resources to help advocates analyze projections of the fiscal impact of the Medicaid expansion for their states, as well as additional materials to help make the case for expanding Medicaid. View the toolkit
Careful consideration of how states will address and leverage applicants' or participants' connection to other benefits and services as a part of their health reform implementation efforts could help to yield better outcomes for families and efficiencies for state administration.
Each module of this toolkit provides states with tools and suggestions for a guided process that can be used to review the current eligibility and enrollment service delivery model and compare the current model to the desired future model. View the toolkit
Health insurances exchanges