Strategic Planning & Timelines

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Strategic Planning & Timelines

Access resources providing broad analysis of PPACA, responsibilities of states, and implementation deadlines.

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  • 09/30/2015

    These tables contain state and county health insurance coverage estimates for 2014. These estimates come from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) via the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder (AFF) tool and were released on September 17, 2015. A map is also available with data on state and county uninsurance rates by characteristics (for example, age, race/ethnicity, and poverty level) for 2014 and comparison year 2013.

  • 09/14/2015

    With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the government in King v. Burwell, opinion polls suggest that some Americans are taking a fresh look at the ACA, and reassessing its merits. A key question for them – and one that is rarely discussed – is how the ACA will improve the health of those who gain insurance coverage. This blogpost reviews the evidence to determine the health benefits of health insurance.

  • 08/06/2015

    While the ACA afforded states the choice to host a health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid, it required all states to make major changes to Medicaid eligibility policy, including adding mandatory coverage of new groups, implementing streamlined eligibility and renewal processes, incorporating new eligibility and verification requirements, and coordinating enrollment systems with exchanges. As a result, states had to create or significantly modify existing systems, collaborate and coordinate with other state and federal agencies, and develop new processes to support enrollment. This brief examines states’ early experiences implementing the ACA’s eligibility and enrollment requirements; highlights promising practices and lessons learned; provides some context on the state experience; and concludes with possible areas of focus for future enrollment and implementation efforts.

  • 07/13/2015

    As of Spring 2015, states had completed the second open enrollment period for the new health insurance marketplaces established by the ACA and most of the 30 states that have adopted the Medicaid expansion to low-income adults were well into their second year of implementation. This brief provides an on-the-ground view of ACA implementation after completion of the second open enrollment period based on 40 in-person interviews conducted in five states – Colorado, Kentucky, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. The report presents key findings related to enrollment systems; enrollment and renewal; outreach, marketing, and enrollment assistance; and access to and utilization of care. It concludes with key priorities identified by stakeholders looking ahead.

  • 06/29/2015

    The Commonwealth Fund’s third Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey finds that 86 percent of people who are currently insured through Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans or newly covered by Medicaid are very or somewhat satisfied with their coverage. Nearly seven of 10 adults with new coverage have used it to get health care; many said they previously wouldn’t have been able to afford that care. Fielded between March and May of 2015, this survey monitors how working-age adults who have marketplace or Medicaid coverage through the ACA are using their insurance to get services. The survey also asks people how they view their health plan and physicians.