Expanding FEHBP Plan Options

Background and Proposal As the largest employer in the United States, the federal government manages the largest employer-sponsored health insurance program. The Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which offers health insurance to both active and retired federal workers, currently covers over 8 million individuals. The FEHBP is administered by the Office of Personnel Management […]

Health and Economy Baseline Estimates

In April, the first season of open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) implemented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) concluded. Despite initial problems with the website roll-out and some remaining infrastructural challenges, the Marketplace has largely been able to provide a viable market for commercial, non-group insurance—also known as the individual market. The […]

Additional Notes on the Analysis of the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act

Last month, the Center for Health and Economy (H&E) released a comprehensive report on effects the of the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act (CARE Act) on health insurance premiums, health insurance coverage, access to health care providers, medical service productivity, and the federal budget. The analysis raised a number of questions on the […]

Gender Differences and the ACA

Aspects of the Health Care Outlook by Gender From the availability of over-the-counter drugs to protections for pregnant women, concerns about improving access to affordable health care for women have played an important role in recent health reform efforts. The Affordable Care Act attempts to alleviate insurance barriers by requiring insurers to provide maternity coverage, […]

Income Distribution and the ACA

Aspects of the Health Care Outlook by Income Class The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to make health care more accessible by expanding Medicaid coverage and subsidizing insurance premiums. These benefits are targeted towards low-income Americans who may have the most difficulty affording adequate coverage. Households that earn between 100 and 400 percent of the […]