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2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey

Sep 2013

This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and other relevant information.  The 2013 survey included almost three thousand interviews with non-federal public and private firms. It found that annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,351 this year, up 4 percent from last year, with workers on average paying $4,565 towards the cost of their coverage.


Undocumented and Uninsured: Barriers to Affordable Care for Immigrant Populations

Aug 2013

The ACA will significantly reduce the number of U.S. residents without health insurance and ensure appropriate access to health services, but the law specifically excludes one group from all its provisions: the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in this country. Projections show the health reform law will have little impact on health insurance coverage for such individuals, and excluding them from coverage under the law will create new financial pressures on safety-net hospitals. This report includes information on the health status and health usage of undocumented immigrants and suggests policy alternatives that could improve their access to health care.


Harnessing Technology to Streamline Enrollment: Experiences from Eight Maximizing Enrollment Grantee States

Aug 2013

Since 2009, eight states participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Maximizing Enrollment program have worked to streamline eligibility and enrollment systems for children and those eligible for coverage in 2014. Several of the grantee states' technology-based solutions have paved the way for the new simplifications required of all states under the ACA. This Maximizing Enrollment report shares findings and lessons learned from the state grantees' experiences of adopting and piloting inventive technology strategies that go beyond what federal law requires and are worthy of consideration as states move forward with ACA implementation. Strategies were adopted in the four areas: 1) application and renewal simplifications; 2) customer interfaces; 3) system functioning, and 4) workflow management.


State and Local Coverage Changes Under Full Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Aug 2013

This brief provides highlights from new state and sub-state estimates of how the number and composition of individuals enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP would change with full implementation of the ACA, including the Medicaid expansion. These estimates provide more detail on the projected coverage changes under the ACA at the state level than in prior research. They also provide new information on the expected coverage changes resulting from the ACA at the local level in all states. This analysis demonstrates that there is substantial variation across and within states in the magnitude and composition of the population that is projected to gain Medicaid coverage under the ACA. These estimates also provide guidance on the areas that are likely to experience the largest declines in the uninsured and where the residual uninsured are likely to be concentrated.


Contraceptive Coverage Final Regulations

Aug 2013

On June 28, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services issued the final rules on the ACA requirements that health plans cover contraceptives for women with no cost-sharing. For employees of religious non-profits, insurers and third-party administrators will be required to provide contraceptives to employees. The final rule also provides further clarification on exemption of houses of worship from this requirement.


Using Data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for Health Reform Evaluation

Jul 2013

The following brief, prepared by experts at the University of Minnesota, provides background on data collected by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), including new types of data being collected for health reform monitoring purposes.  In its role as a regulatory support organization, the NAIC collects and compiles data from insurers classified as property and casualty, life, health, fraternal, or title insurers. In order to help regulators enforce the new provisions of the ACA, the NAIC teamed with HHS to design standard measures, definitions, and methodologies related to the regulatory targets of these provisions. This brief further explores the research opportunities (both within and across states) afforded by this new data being collected by the NAIC.


Ready or Not: Are Health Care Safety-Net Systems Prepared for Reform?

Jun 2013

This issue brief examines the status of community safety-net systems in six regions in California. Under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), large numbers of Californians will become eligible for Medi-Cal in 2014. Even with federal resources to help safety-net providers prepare, however, communities with weaker safety-net systems are lagging in reform preparations. As a result, low-income people in those communities may be left without health coverage and timely access to health care services. Even well-prepared regions will need time and assistance to help people gain health care coverage.


Health Care Reform and Children: Planning and Design Considerations for Policymakers

Jun 2013

Several of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) key provisions are aimed specifically at children, but much of the law focuses on covering the larger uninsured population of adults without dependent children. As states focus on implementing these ACA coverage programs and other systemic changes by January 1, 2014, it will be important that children’s coverage remains a priority as well. This report explains some challenges and opportunities for making health care reform work for children. The report, developed with the support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, draws upon lessons learned from state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), federal policy, and relevant research. 


Distribution of the Uninsured by PUMA: Interactive Map

Jun 2013

Enroll America recently released an interactive mapping tool using Google Maps to demonstrate where the uninsured are in communities. The map shows the distribution of the nonelderly uninsured in any given state by Public-Use Microdata Area (PUMA; an area within a state that contains at least 100,000 residents).  Clicking on any PUMA in a state provides details about the number of uninsured and their distribution by income, age, and race/ethnicity. The estimates used for the tool were produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) using the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS).


ACA Is Estimated to Significantly Increase the Number of People Who Start Their Own Businesses

Jun 2013

This infographic demonstrates the estimated impact that the ACA will have on the number of self-employed Americans.

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