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GOP Health Reform

December 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration knew that its move to nearly eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s marketing and outreach budget would significantly affect enrollment, according to a series of e-mails obtained by the watchdog group Democracy Forward.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office once again included dozens of health-related policies in its list of deficit reduction concepts that could be used for offsets over the 10-year budget period, and one of the largest revenue raisers would be to repeal the forthcoming 40 percent tax on high-cost employer plans -- or the “Cadillac” tax -- and instead limit the open ended tax exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance (ESI).

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

CMS says it is committed to providing Americans in need of insurance coverage with a seamless experience through healthcare.gov even as consumer advocates express deep concerns that the administration has upended the process by cutting funds and, most recently, overhauling the page on the website that describes ways to apply for coverage.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

Doctors, hospitals, insurers and others across the health care industry are urging the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw its proposed rule that would make it more difficult for legal immigrants who receive Medicaid and other public benefits to become permanent residents.

December 12, 2018 | Daily News

CMS tells Inside Health Policy that the agency is still having conversations with officials in New Jersey and Wisconsin over federal reinsurance funding, which is why the agency has not yet posted either state’s estimated federal pass-through funding amounts for their 2019 plan year programs.

December 12, 2018 | Daily News

The HHS Office of Civil Rights is asking for feedback on how to change the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to remove obstacles to efficient care coordination while also protecting patients’ health information, as well as how to encourage providers to share information for treatment and care coordination, making it easier to share information with parents and caregivers and dealing with the opioid crisis.

December 12, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday (Dec. 12) he does not know why Obamacare enrollment numbers continue to drop, arguing that the administration has taken several steps to stabilize the marketplace.

December 12, 2018 | Daily News

Another web-based health insurance broker has been approved by CMS to utilize the new enhanced direct enrollment that allows consumers to enroll in coverage without having to first visit healthcare.gov.

December 12, 2018 | Daily News

Consumers across the country are now able to use the enhanced direct enrollment pathway to sign up for qualified health plans, except for those in one state: Texas.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called on think tank leaders to help craft legislation to lower health care costs, saying the federal government will not be able to cut health insurance costs until it can lower the overarching costs of healthcare.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

CMS posted the estimated pass-through funding amounts that four additional state-based reinsurance programs can expect for the 2019 plan year, leaving Wisconsin and New Jersey as the only states for which figures are not yet publicly available.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

Outgoing House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a year-end tax package on Monday (Dec. 10) that delays the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, health insurance tax and “Cadillac tax,” and he told reporters he hopes the bill will pass with bipartisan support before Christmas.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

CMS issued a final rule on 2018 risk adjustment methodology that explains the agency’s reasoning for running the program in a budget-neutral manner and responds to an ongoing court case that challenges the agency’s decision-making.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

The top Democrats on key House committees are demanding HHS produce by Dec. 31 documents and communications related to the department’s involvement in the administration’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in the pending Texas case.

December 07, 2018 | Daily News

House Democratic leaders are telling the federal DC district court that the Trump administration’s final rule that changed the definition of an employer in order to promote the creation of more association health plans (AHPs) conflicts with text, structure and history of the Affordable Care Act and should be thrown out.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

An online broker is now marketing a short-term health plan package in at least 20 states that includes automatic renewals and allows consumers to lock-in rates for 36-months through a renewability guarantee rider that protects them from premium hikes or coverage denials should they fall ill.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

Spending on health care grew at a slower rate in 2017 than in 2016 in part because Medicaid spending slowed due to the lull in Medicaid expansions and drug spending growth slacked off following the spike in spending to treat hepatitis C, according to the CMS actuary’s office.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

Minnesota’s insurance department says the state will receive about $100 million less in federal “pass through” funding to support its reinsurance program for the 2019 plan year due to lower-than-expected premiums, but a department spokesperson says the updated federal funding estimate will not affect program operations.

December 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature, in an unusual all-night session, hurriedly passed legislation designed to prevent the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general from changing the state’s position on two controversial health care issues.

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