The District of Columbia recently took an important step to protect health insurance coverage by creating a District-specific health insurance requirement. This is in response to the unexpected termination of the federal health insurance requirement, which Congress narrowly passed last December. The Affordable Care Act had required that federal taxpayers, except some with low incomes, to have health insurance or pay a federal income tax penalty. The underlying logic was that this would incentivize more people to get coverage and prevent insurance premiums from rising for the great majori
Expert Commentary on Medicaid Work Requirements and the Kentucky Decision
In blogs in Health Affairs and the Commonwealth Fund and an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, as well as quoted comments in other news media, legal scholar and public health expert Sara Rosenbaum of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health offered insights into the intent behind and impacts of the Trump administration’s approval of plans by Kentucky and other states requiring low-inco
Data About Contraceptive Needs in the U.S. After the Affordable Care Act
In February 2016, the American Journal of Public Health published an article about contraceptive needs and costs in the United States after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act coauthored by George Washington University’s Leighton Ku and Erika Steinmetz.
Research Predicting Effects of Block Grants on Medicaid Highlighted at AcademyHealth Meeting
Blog: Public Health Scholars Respond to a New Effort to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
Last December’s tax law eliminated the tax penalty associated with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual shared responsibility penalty (or individual mandate). Although the mandate still exists in the ACA, the financial penalty associated with not purchasing affordable insurance has been eliminated.