Medicaid was Responsible for Most of Newly Insured in California

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 9:57 am

Roughly 3.4 million previously uninsured adult Californians say they have obtained health insurance since the beginning of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This means that 58 percent of the once uninsured population in the state now have an insurance policies of some type. The bulk of of this increase was thanks to [...]

Medicaid Works Well at Expanding Coverage

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 7:13 am

That should be the simple conclusion from this new Gallup data. They found that there was a noticeable drop in the uninsured in states that took part in the Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act –  but a much slower drop in the states that did not. From Gallup: Looking at the [...]

Medicaid Expansion Going Well, Exchange Improved but Still Lagging

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 7:40 am

The latest Obamacare enrollment numbers for November from the Department of Health and Human Services are a mixed bag for the administration. On the plus side the exchanges are working better and this is helping to increase the number of people selecting plans. Over 360,000 people selected a private insurance plan on one of the [...]

Federal Exchange Sign Up Off to a Very Slow Start

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 10:56 pm

Enrollment in private insurance plans on the new federally run exchanges is off to a very slow start. Less than 50,000 people have signed up for private insurance on the 36 federally run exchanges, according to the Wall Street Journal. In addition roughly 49,000 have signed up for private insurance in the states that chose to run their own exchanges.

Obama Points Out How Simple and Easy It Is to Expand Public Insurance

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 9:23 am

While in Texas selling his health care law President Obama highlighted that it is really easy to just expand public insurance to cover the uninsured. From Obama: Here in just the Dallas area, 133,000 people who don’t currently have health insurance would immediately get health insurance without even having to go through the website if [...]

Expanding Public Health Insurance Is Really Quick and Easy

By: Friday October 18, 2013 9:55 am

I think this story from Oregon is worth highlighting as we focus on all the problems with the federal exchanges. From Oregon Live: Though Oregon’s health insurance exchange is not yet up and running, the number of uninsured is already dropping thanks to new fast-track enrollment for the Oregon Health Plan. The low-income, Medicaid-funded program has already [...]

Obamacare Is Still Very Unpopular

By: Monday September 16, 2013 7:05 am

The Affordable Care Act continues to remain extremely unpopular. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal found only a small percentage of Americans think it is a good idea. From NBC: Forty-four percent of respondents call the health-care law a bad idea, while 31 percent believe it’s a good idea — virtually unchanged from July’s NBC/WSJ survey. [...]

The Best Part of Obamacare Will Probably Not Even Be Seen as Obamacare

By: Friday July 19, 2013 9:08 am

The biggest danger to the long-term popularity of the term “Obamacare” is that the very best provision of the Affordable Care Act will probably not even be remembered as part of Obamacare by most people. By far, the best provision in the law is the Medicaid expansion intended to cover all people near the poverty [...]

Thanks to Brewer Arizona Will Soon Take Part in Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 10:53 am

Arizona is going to be one of the few red states to actually take part in the Medicaid expansion. Thanks to the aggressive lobbying by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, the state will take advantage of the Affordable Care Act to enlarge its Medicaid program. From Washington Post:  The Arizona Senate is poised to pass an [...]

Medicaid Study’s Warning for Obamacare Exchanges

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 8:43 am

Getting a lot of attention today is a new study about Oregon’s Medicaid program. Basically several years ago Oregon wanted to greatly expand the program but didn’t have enough money to cover everyone they wanted. As a result they held a lottery. This created a perfect natural experiment on the effect of Medicaid coverage. The [...]

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