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Earl Gregg Swem Library

A Premium Support System for Medicare: Updated Analysis of Illustrative Options

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53077-premiumsupport.pdf

Updates the agency’s past work on Medicare premium support proposals, presents new estimates of the budgetary effects of those proposals, and explains reasons behind the changed estimates, including changes in law that have affected the Medicare program.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Women

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-21851.pdf

Interim final regulations involving contraception coverage requirements which would expand the number and type of organizations that can claim religious objections to providing women with contraceptive coverage as part of their health insurance plans.  From the Federal Register and the Health and Human Services Department

 

Preliminary Analysis of Legislation that would Replace Subsidies for Health Care with Block Grants

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/53126-health.pdf

Finds that the latest Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal budget deficit by at least $133 billion but reduce the number of people with comprehensive health insurance by millions.  Loss of insurance would result from reductions in spending for the block grants, reductions in spending for subsidies, and the repeal of penalties for not having insurance.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Trends in Emergency Department Visits, 2006-2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb227-Emergency-Department-Visit-Trends.pdf

Examines why people visit hospital emergency departments including patient characteristics, conditions cited, and expected payer.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2017 to 2027

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics,Taxes,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53091-fshic.pdf

The federal government subsidizes health insurance for most Americans through a variety of programs and tax provisions.  In 2017 such subsidies total $705 billion.  The study estimates the future costs of such subsidies including preferential tax treatment for employer-provided insurance, the cost of Medicaid coverage, and support for ACA marketplace coverage.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Population/Census,Statistics

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/demo/p60-260.pdf

The uninsured rate decreased by 0.3% between 2015 and 2016.  The percentage of people without health insurance for the entire year was 8.8% or 28 million.  Also describes the percentage of people covered by private vs government health insurance.  Also covers health insurance by age and race.  From the Census Bureau

 

Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2017

Categories: Health Insurance,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201708.pdf

Presents selected estimates of health insurance coverage in the U.S. in the first months following the change of presidential administrations.  28 million persons of all ages were uninsured at the time of interview, a non-significant difference from 2016 figures.  Also discusses short- and long-term trends.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

The Effects of Terminating Payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions

Categories: Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53009-costsharingreductions.pdf

Attempts to estimate what would happen to insurance markets if the federal government were to end reimbursement payments to insurers for offering discounts to low-income customers under the Affordable Care Act.  Foresees possible 20% increase in premiums in first year.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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