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State Marketplace Profiles: Idaho

Updated as of October 3, 2013 Establishing the Marketplace On December 11, 2012, Governor C.L. Otter (R) announced Idaho’s commitment to the establishment of a State-based health insurance Marketplace and on March 28, 2013 signed into law legislation (HB248) creating the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange.12 In August 2013, the…

The Public’s Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress

As the 113th Congress is sworn in, and President Barack Obama begins his second term of office, a comprehensive new Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health survey queried the public about their priorities for, and views on, a wide range of health and health policy issues.…

Why Premiums Will Change for People Who Now Have Nongroup Insurance

The federal government recently released draft regulations that address the benefits, market rules, and rating practices for nongroup coverage. Before reform, the nongroup market was widely acknowledged to be broken, with restricted access, limited benefits, high administrative costs, and frequent and large premium increases subject to inadequate oversight. Recent requests for…

Health Insurance Market Reforms: Portability

Most Americans have access to health insurance through an employer-sponsored health plan, a fact that has made changing or losing a job a complex issue for the purposes of maintaining health insurance. Moving to a new job can be hard if the employer does not offer health insurance, or if…

Subsidy Calculator

This tool illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning in October 2013, middle-income people who are not eligible for coverage through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare, can apply for…

Impact of the Medicaid Expansion for Low-Income Communities of Color Across States

As states continue to weigh whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, one important consideration is the impact of the expansion for low-income people of color. While the Medicaid expansion will increase coverage options for all low-income Americans, it will disproportionately impact low-income people of color. Overall, people…

Navigator and In-Person Assistance Programs: A Snapshot of State Programs

With the open enrollment period for health insurance exchanges less than six months away, consumers are already asking questions about their new health care options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Even in the age of digital information, hands-on consumer assistance could play a key role in helping people understand…

State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles

Up-to-date state profiles give an in-depth look at each state’s progress in setting up marketplaces, formally known as exchanges, including the legislative process and the next steps.