Encouraging Signs about Small Employer and Worker Insurance Rates Under the ACA

Workers in jobs with historically low insurance rates have experienced an increase in insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study recently published by the Urban Institute based on funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A second study by the Commonwealth Fund shows that the small group health insurance market has remained stable under the ACA.

Data Raises Concerns About the Impact of Medicaid Work Requirements

A brief published by the Commonwealth Fund predicts the impact on adult Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky if work requirements go into effect. The authors estimate that as many as 118,000 adults enrolled in Medicaid would either become uninsured for an extended period of time or experience a gap in insurance over a two-year period.

Policies that Reduce Air Pollution Could Have a Major Impact on Asthma Globally

Boy using an asthma inhaler Researchers say that policies which target known sources of air pollution, including automotive exhaust, could have a major impact on the global burden of asthma.

Low-income Adults in Medicaid Expansion States Report Better Access to Health Care, GAO Report Finds

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) adds to the growing evidence that some states' failure to expand Medicaid is leaving low income adults with unmet health needs. Based on U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, the report focuses on access to care for low-income adults in states that have and have not expanded access to Medicaid.