The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
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The Congressional Budget Office predicts that 8 million Americans will enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, while 7 million will access private insurance through the exchanges in 2014.
An estimated 7 million Americans will receive private health insurance coverage through health benefit exchanges beginning Jan. 1, 2014, under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Exchanges will begin enrollment on Oct. 1, 2013, and as many as 26 million people may gain coverage by 2022. Exchanges aim to create a competitive marketplace where consumers can compare and purchase health insurance plans, learn whether they qualify for a federal subsidy to pay for coverage, and apply to enroll in Medicaid or in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Many Americans who seek coverage through the exchanges may not have purchased health insurance previously and will not be familiar with the new coverage options available. According to a March 2013 poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 57 percent of Americans do not think they have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will affect them.
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