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December 20, 2018 | Daily News

A federal judge in Maryland is now weighing whether to grant the Department of Justice’s request to dismiss Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s lawsuit asking the court to declare the Affordable Care Act constitutional following oral arguments held Wednesday (Dec. 19).

December 20, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced his incoming permanent health policy staff for the next Congress, consisting of a combination of returning and new health policy staffers.

December 19, 2018 | Daily News

According to preliminary final tallies of the 2019 Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, 8.5 million people enrolled in federal exchange plans for 2019 compared to 8.8 people at this same time last year.

December 18, 2018 | Daily News

Enrollment in at least three state-based exchanges has surged ahead of last year’s sign-ups, according to announcements out this week, and a few state-based exchanges recently extended their deadlines to mitigate potential concern over the Texas ruling that arrived late Friday.

December 18, 2018 | Daily News

The high-profile case in Texas over the future of the Affordable Care Act continues to move at a fast clip with U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreeing Tuesday (Dec. 18) to consider Democratic attorneys general request that he formally clarify or stay his initial ruling in which he stated that the entire ACA is unconstitutional, and he asked the plaintiffs and Department of Justice to weigh in by Dec. 21.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Sunday (Dec. 16) sent an email to stakeholders clarifying that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s work will continue unchanged while Texas v. Azar continues moving through the courts, and the demonstrations run through the Affordable Care Act-created center will keep going as well.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

Texas federal district Judge Reed O’Connor’s initial ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional may be one of the most extreme cases of judicial activism in recent memory, experts across the political spectrum say in their initial analyses of the Friday (Dec. 14) decision that sent shock waves through the health care sector.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Democrats are seizing the opportunity to pressure their Republican colleagues to intervene after a Texas federal district court judge ruled to overturn the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, a move that could cause a split among the GOP as lawmakers choose between defending the health law and siding with the Trump administration.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

HHS stressed Monday (Dec. 17) that the administration will continue to enforce the Affordable Care Act in the face of a Texas federal district judge’s ruling late Friday that the ACA is unconstitutional, noting that the ruling is neither an injunction nor a final judgment.

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.

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