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GOP Health Reform

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

One of the country's top sellers of short-term medical products is leveraging the high number of no-cost bronze plans to promote sales of indemnity coverage. Independence Holding Company (IHC) has also partnered with web-broker eHealth to sell packages of non-ACA compliant products, including indemnity and other coverage linked to short-term medical, and is looking forward to selling longer-duration short-term products again in 2018 once rules are finalized.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

A new S&P Global analysis on repeal of the ACA's individual mandate finds that the federal government would save far less and far fewer Americans would end up insured than estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

The Affordable Care Act’s subsidy design guarantees that the individual market is here to stay even as premiums continue to rise: But as the GOP-led Congress and Trump administration keep chipping away at former President Barack Obama’s signature law, some policy analysts say the future of the exchanges could look more like Medicaid as people who make too much to qualify for subsidies will look elsewhere for skimpier, cheaper options.

November 15, 2017 | Daily News

Leading Senate Democrats are saying they won't advance the bipartisan market stabilization deal by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) if Republicans go through with repealing the individual mandate in the tax reform bill.

November 15, 2017 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget is now reviewing a second regulation related to President Donald Trump's Oct. 12 executive order asking agencies to consider changes to rules on associated health plans (AHPs), short-term plans and health reimbursement arrangements that would promote more choices and lower costs.

November 15, 2017 | Daily News

The latest data snapshot released by CMS on Wednesday (Nov. 15) show that the first open enrollment period under the Trump administration continues to break records from previous years: Cumulative signups from Nov. 1 through 11 are up to nearly 1.5 million.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

Joe Grogan, the White House Office of Management and Budget’s point person on drug policy, intimated Tuesday (Nov. 14) that there is no drug price executive order in the works and said CMS’ recent biosimilar billing code policy could be re-reversed.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Republicans are now trying to include repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate in the tax bill, leading GOP senators said Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 14) following the caucus lunches.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

Navigators in four federally facilitated marketplaces all report an uptick in consumers' interest in enrollment assistance compared to earlier years, which they attribute to increased media coverage as well as a spike in premiums that has resulted both in more people seeking help and in larger subsidies.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

Seven lobby groups representing providers for kids and the underserved are making a last-ditch effort to get Congress to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other health care extenders before the legislation gets sucked into a year-end package that could jeopardize the bipartisan deals that have been struck on those programs.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

The American Medical Association voted to officially oppose any federal policy that would weaken or remove any of the 10 categories of the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits, coming as the Trump administration seeks to loosen EHB requirements and congressional Republicans push legislation that would let states change the insurance benefit mandates.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

HHS wants to stop setting cost parameters for standardized plans offered on the federal health exchange-- also known as Simple Choice plans -- that are popular on state-based exchanges, effectively ending the plans as of 2019. The Obama administration put these parameters in place for the federally facilitated marketplace starting in 2017.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

House Oversight and Government subcommittees alleged the Trump administration has used the guise of HHS regulatory reform to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

Avalere found that if the federal government were to allow states to expand Medicaid to adults with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level rather than 138 percent, 4 million people could shift from Medicaid to the exchanges and nearly 7 million others could be newly eligible for Medicaid coverage if more states expanded their programs.

November 13, 2017 | Daily News

CMS on Monday released issuer-level data on money owed to issuers and vice versa for the Affordable Care Act's risk-corridor program that ended in 2016, revealing that the agency is still working to pay issuers back from the program's massive shortfall.

November 13, 2017 | Daily News

President Donald Trump announced Monday (Nov. 13) via tweet the nomination of Alex Azar to lead HHS, saying the former Lilly president "will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!"

November 10, 2017 | Daily News

As congressional Republicans debate whether they should repeal the ACA’s individual mandate in tax reform, the IRS says it will enforce the employer mandate “for 2017 and future years.”

November 10, 2017 | Daily News

A group of Democratic attorneys general are asking a federal judge to block implementation of the Trump administration's new regulations that broaden the ability of employers to end no-cost coverage of birth control, saying the regulations are arbitrary, violate Constitutional protections and will increase costs to states thus causing irreparable harm.

November 09, 2017 | Daily News

CMS' website no longer lists expanding coverage to low-income individuals or stabilizing and improving the quality of care as a goal of 1115 Medicaid waivers.

November 09, 2017 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX), who is working on a package that will include delays of the ACA's health insurance and medical device taxes, said he'd like to see the language attached to reauthorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and passed before the end of the year.

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