The new Health Insurance Marketplace provides a useful way for people to find and compare quality health plans. But the ability to shop for plans easily isn’t what really makes the Marketplace work for families. The Affordable Care Act instituted, for the first time, a broad system to help low- to middle-income families pay for the cost of private

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 6, 2014 Contact: Anat Kelman Shaw, AKelman@childrensdefense.org 713.664.4080 (o), 832.488.8242 (c)   Number of Texas Children without Health Coverage Nearing 1 Million AUSTIN, TX – A new report by a Georgetown University research center found the number of uninsured children in Texas declined by 4.4 percent

Millions of uninsured Texans may be eligible for affordable coverage options in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, but too many don’t know about their coverage options or how to enroll. This is one reason why in-person enrollment assistance is critical. In-person assistance is incredibly effective, and research done during the first open enrollment

Let’s clear up a few misstatements about what happens to hospital emergency room visits after states expand Medicaid. Studies from Oregon, California, and Arkansas show that their ER visits and expenditures declined after those states expanded Medicaid, although in some cases there was a brief, initial increase. The Oregon report has been cited

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