Medical Debt: An Unequal Burden

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), medical debt was a primary cause of bankruptcy. Debt resulting from medical expenses is a significant problem, as most people are ill-prepared for the financial shock resulting from a sudden illness. Payday loans are a source of fast cash for almost anyone in … Continue reading

Obamacare Saves One Life Every Day

Prior to 2010, individuals age 19 to 25 had one of the highest uninsured rates in the United States. Approximately 30% of those in this age group were uninsured, compared to 16% of all Americans, on average. The Dependent Care Coverage provision of the ACA allowed this group to be covered by their … Continue reading

Obamacare Shields from Financial Harm

In 2005, the 194 members of the World Health Organization, including the United States, committed to achieving universal health coverage as a Sustainable Development Goal. To meet the mark, UHC must not only provide equitable access, but also protect people accessing health care from financial … Continue reading

Time to Demand Network Adequacy

While the Affordable Care Act was specific about minimum standards for health insurance plans, it was vague in defining adequate access in the Marketplace. Repeal efforts have focused on more insurance plan choices but offered little discussion about widening the number or variety of healthcare … Continue reading