Elizabeth Lukanen, State Health Access Data Assistance Center
While millions of Americans have newly gained health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is evidence that coverage alone does not necessarily translate into access to health care. This memo, prepared by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), provides background information on health insurance literacy, summarizes the research around current consumer knowledge, and offers recommendations for marketplaces on how to build on it.
Additionally, the State Network has compiled a library of health insurance literacy materials developed by four marketplaces (below). These resources are intended as examples of what marketplaces can provide to consumers and to groups working on improving health insurance literacy and boosting enrollment.
What does Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding have to do with lead abatement efforts? As outlined in a new brief released by SHVS, states have a valuable opportunity to leverage CHIP funding to protect low-income children from lead.
On December 2, 2016, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other members of House leadership sent a letter to Governors and State Insurance Commissioners seeking input on the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter asked for feedback in nine specific areas.
As states gear up to consider their new budgets, we should expect palpable anxiety about health care spending. States have spent more and more on health care over the years and will be called to do so again. That increased spending hasn’t automatically translated into better health and well-being, though. In fact, many policymakers express concerns that medical inflation crowds out investments in other areas like education, housing, and transportation that tend to prevent issues from escalating into health problems.