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WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued the following testimony by Senior Fellow Judith Solomon before the Senate Finance subcommittee on Health Care:
“Chairman Toomey, Ranking Member Stabenow, and members of the Health Subcommittee of the Finance Committee, thank you for today’s opportunity to testify. My name is Judith Solomon. I am a Senior Fellow on the health team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute located here in Washington. The Center conducts research and analysis on a range of federal and state policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income families. The Center’s health work focuses on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Medicare. I have spent over 40 years working on Medicaid, beginning as a legal services attorney and in several positions focusing on Medicaid policy issues affecting children, seniors, and people with disabilities.
“The ACA provides a continuum of coverage for low-income adults, including an expansion of Medicaid for adults with incomes below 138 percent of the poverty line and subsidized individual market coverage for those with incomes above that level. The ACA also includes provisions intended to create a seamless, no wrong door, coordinated eligibility system that allows people to enroll in and move between Medicaid, CHIP, and marketplace coverage depending on their circumstances. Streamlined enrollment is particularly important for low-wage workers, who had high rates of uninsurance before enactment of the ACA.
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