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Potential Impact of Texas v. U.S. Decision on Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

On December 14, 2018, a federal trial court judge ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional in Texas v. U.S. While the trial court’s ruling is likely not the last word on the ACA’s constitutionality, this brief considers the complex and far-reaching impact were the entire law ultimately held to be invalid.

6 Charts About Public Opinion On The Affordable Care Act

This compiles key polling data examining the favorability of the ACA and its provisions, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the law’s individual mandate penalty, which Congress eliminated effective in 2019.

How Many of the Uninsured Can Purchase a Marketplace Plan for Free?

This analysis looks at how many of the remaining uninsured are eligible for premium subsidies that are large enough to cover the entire cost of a bronze plan, which is the minimum level of coverage available on the Marketplaces. It estimates 27% of uninsured individuals who could shop on the ACA Marketplace, or 4.2 million people nationwide, are eligible to purchase a bronze plan with $0 premiums after subsidies in 2019.

New Rules for Section 1332 Waivers: Changes and Implications

On October 22, 2018, the Trump administration released new guidance on Section 1332 waivers established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new guidance may encourage states to use 1332 waiver authority to make broader changes to insurance coverage for their residents, including to promote the sale of, and apply subsidies to, ACA non-compliant policies. On November 29, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a discussion paper outlining a set of waiver concepts designed to provide states with a roadmap for developing waiver applications that use the flexibility granted under the new guidance. This issue brief describes the new guidance, highlighting key changes from the 2015 guidance, describes how state waiver activity may change, particularly in light of the waiver concepts put forward by CMS, and discusses possible implications of the changes.

Medicare for All is a Double-Edged Sword for Democrats

In an Axios column, Drew Altman analyzes the political pros and cons of Medicare for All and Medicare buy-in plans for Democrats, and how they may handle it in Congress and the presidential campaign.

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