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.

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

Blogs and Reports by Milken Institute Researchers Underscore the Importance of Continuing Support for CHIP and Community Health Centers

Even as debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act extended into September and ultimately reached what may prove to be a temporary lull, researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health have focused on two critical programs reaching medically underserved and vulnerable populations: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and federally funded community health centers.  Financial support for both ended on Sept. 30, but the Senate will consider a five-year funding extension this week.  

May You Live in Interesting Times: The Challenges of Health Policy Analysis in a Turbulent Period

A purported Chinese curse -- “May you live in interesting times” -- seems apt for this current chaotic period of American public policy.  (It appears that the quote does not actually have Chinese origins and was simply coined by an English politician in the 1930s to sound sagacious.)  As a student (and teacher) of health policy, there is no question that the past year, during which Congress and President Trump tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), had high political drama, with fingernail-biting day by day acti