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Potential Effects of the ACA on Income Inequality

A Report from the Brookings Institution

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will improve the well-being and incomes of Americans in the bottom fifth of the income distribution. Under our broadest and most comprehensive income measure, this report projects that incomes in the bottom one-fifth of the distribution will increase almost 6%; those in the bottom one-tenth of the distribution will rise more than 7%.



HHS Releases Poverty Guidelines for 2014

Guidelines will not affect ACA coverage assistance until 2015

Kaiser Health News reports: The federal government has released slightly higher poverty level guidelines for 2014, but those won't alter the income thresholds that are being used now to determine what kind of financial assistance is available to buy insurance under the health law.



Study: People with Cancelled Plans Can Find Affordable Options on Marketplace

People with recently cancelled health plans can find affordable alternatives with comparable - or even better - benefits in the health insurance marketplaces, according to a new study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study, which looks at whether or not people with cancelled plans will be better off in the exchanges, includes the average prices for marketplace plans in all 50 states.



CMS Resources on Hospital Presumptive Eligibilty

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an informational bullet in on the implementation of hospital presumptive eligibility for Medicaid as authorized in the ACA.



8 Things to Know About Obamacare in 2014

Kaiser Health News has the 8 important things to know for 2014



Explaining Health Care Reform: Risk Adjustment, Reinsurance, and Risk Corridors

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The reforms of the Affordable Care Act will make health care more affordable and accessible. This brief explains three provisions of the ACA - risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors - that are intended to promote insurer competition on the basis of quality and value and promote insurance market stability, particularly in the early years of reform.



2013 in Review: Top 10 Articles from the Center for Health Care Strategies

The Center for Health Care Strategies released this list of their top 10 resources from 2013 on improving health care access and quality for low-income Americans, especially those with complex and high-cost health care needs.



State Marketplace Statistics

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated their information on the number of applications, enrollments, and other key figures for each state's Marketplace.



Rating the Quality of Qualified Health Plans Sold in the Marketplace

On November 19, 2013, the Obama Administration published a Notice with comment that describes the overall Quality Rating System (QRS) framework for rating the quality of health plans (QHPs) sold in the health insurance Marketplace (another term for Exchanges). The purpose of the Notice is to solicit comments on the framework. Comments must be received by January 21, 2014. Comments are sought on both the proposed quality measures that QHP issuers would be expected to report, as well as on ways to preserve the integrity of QHP ratings and on areas for future measurement.



The Health Law Takes Effect: A Consumer's Guide

Kaiser Health Nes explains the basics of the Affordable Care Act provisions that took effect January 1, 2014



Interactive: A State-by-State Look at How the Uninsured Fare Under the ACA

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes coverage options for people across the income spectrum, but there are big differences in eligibility for coverage depending on whether a state expands Medicaid or not. This Kaiser Family Foundation interactive provides state-by-state details on the coverage gap.



A Closer Look at The Uninsured Eligible for Medicaid

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This Kaiser Family Foundation brief provides a closer look at the child and adult uninsured population eligible for Medicaid coverage under current and new ACA rules and identifies key differences between states moving forward with the expansion and those not moving forward at this time.



Nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace in October and November

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that nearly 365,000 individuals have selected plans from the state and federal Marketplaces by the end of November. November alone added more than a quarter million enrollees in state and federal Marketplaces. Enrollment in the federal Marketplace in November was more than four times greater than October's reported federal enrollment number.



Navigator Resource Guide on Private Health Insurance Coverage & the Health Insurance Marketplace

Prepared by Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms, this guide is intended to supplement the Navigator training available from HHS and help answer questions people may have about the private insurance reforms in the Affordable Care Act. This comprehensive resource addresses more than 230 enrollment questions about everything from tax credits and cost standards to enrollment periods, and more.



Upcoming Webinar: Affordable Care Act: Local Approaches to Outreach and Enrollment 12/18/13 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) on Wednesday, December 18th 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (ET) for a webinar featuring three local health departments discussing their diverse experiences around Affordable Care Act (ACA) outreach and enrollment.

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