Health Care Reform
Passed on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ACA) stands as the most significant health care legislation since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The Affordable Care Act gives consumers important new protections in the private insurance market, gives states the option to expand Medicaid to low-income adults, ends the insurance practice of denying coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions, provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries, and strengthens the Medicare trust fund. More than 10 million non-elderly adults gained health insurance coverage between October 2013 and June 2014.
While the improvements contained in the Affordable Care Act are positive first steps, many Americans, including many immigrant families, do not have access to coverage. Nearly five million adults fall into the coverage gap because they live in a state that has not yet expanded Medicaid. In 2015-2016, the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act provides an unprecedented opportunity to expand health insurance coverage to millions of low-income individuals and families. However, this opportunity will only become reality if states adopt processes that minimize the burden of applying for and receiving health insurance.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2015-2016.
Read CHN’s statement about the Supreme Court’s June 24, 2015 decision on the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies.
Click here to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how to get your community covered.
Policy Analyses and Research
- May 17, 2014Center for American Progress: A New Management Structure for a New Phase of the Affordable Care Act
- April 23, 2014Urban Institute and CLASP: The Affordable Care Act and Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: New Opportunities and Strategies for Action
December 31, 2013CEPR: Job Protection Isn’t Enough: Why America Needs Paid Parental Leave
Human Needs Report
Latest Edition: April 25, 2016
Read articles from the April 25th edition, including pieces on the FY17 appropriations progress, emergency funding for Zika and Flint, paid tax preparers legislation, the Supreme Court case against the President’s actions on immigration and the House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. Read More »
- President Obama visits Flint, samples the water
- Get the lead out.
- Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at 16 Year Low
- 'We can't fix poverty without fixing housing'
- Upcoming Webinar on Child Lead Poisoning
Deborah Weinstein in the News
- The Huffington Post: Flint and Beyond
- The Huffington Post: A Federal Budget that Connects the Dots and Works for All