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GOP Health Reform

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has until Sunday to veto legislation (SB 1156) that would limit dialysis pay in commercial insurance to Medicare levels for patients who receive premium assistance from industry-funded charities, but his intentions remain unclear.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar credited President Donald Trump for helping to stabilize the Affordable Care Act markets Thursday (Sept 27) as he announced that premiums for benchmark plans on the federally facilitated exchanges will drop 2 percent nationally and the number of issuers in the federal exchanges has increased for the first time since 2015.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

One of the country's largest issuers of short-term health plans has created and intends to take to market a new policy that covers certain preexisting conditions for consumers willing to pay a higher premium and who otherwise pass underwriting.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma is slated to forcefully defend the Trump administration's commitment to Medicaid work requirements in a speech Thursday (Sept. 27) at a Medicaid industry conference, according to an advance copy of her remarks. Verma is expected to defend Arkansas' recently enacted work-requirement program despite early data showing low compliance rates, large coverage losses and low beneficiary familiarity with the program.

September 26, 2018 | Daily News

The cost of health care is the most important issue affecting small business owners as the midterm elections approach, finds a just-released annual survey (Sept. 26) by the National Small Business Association.

September 26, 2018 | Daily News

Consumer advocates are cheering a recent federal court ruling that affirmed the Affordable Care Act's prohibition against sex discrimination in insurance coverage also protects against discrimination based on gender identity.

September 26, 2018 | Daily News

Pharmacists will be allowed to tell customers when it is cheaper to fill prescriptions without insurance after the president signs legislation the House has sent to him banning so-called gag orders.

September 25, 2018 | Daily News

The House will not vote this week, as anticipated, on a package of bills that would provide employers’ relief from certain Affordable Care Act taxes, and may not revisit the legislation until after the midterms, according to Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX).

September 25, 2018 | Daily News

The White House budget office is reviewing a rule that is expected to let employers use health reimbursement accounts to help their workers purchase individual coverage on or off the exchanges.

September 25, 2018 |

The White House budget office is reviewing a rule that is expected to let employers use health reimbursement accounts to help their workers purchase individual coverage on or off the exchanges.

September 24, 2018 | Daily News

The board of New Mexico's health insurance exchange, bewellNM, voted unanimously Friday (Sept. 21) to transition from using the federal exchange platform to becoming a fully state-run exchange with a goal of having the new technology up and running for the 2021 plan year.

September 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration has proposed a rule that would allow the government to deny green cards for immigrants who receive Medicare Part D low-income subsidies or Medicaid, but, in a departure from leaked drafts, the proposal wouldn’t target immigrants who receive Affordable Care Act subsidies.

September 24, 2018 | Daily News

Seniors advocacy groups joined dozens of other patient groups, unions and insurers in a letter urging CMS to once again extend Part B penalty relief for Medicare-eligible individuals who are, or were recently enrolled in, exchange coverage and could otherwise be charged a late fee for failing to enroll on time.

September 24, 2018 | Daily News

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Saturday signed three health bills sponsored by the state's departing Senate health committee Chair Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), including one that bars the sale of short-term health plans in the state.

September 23, 2018 | Daily News

Six GOP-led states doubled down Friday (Sept. 21) on an effort to block the IRS from collecting an Obamacare tax that Medicaid plans are required to pay Oct. 1.

September 21, 2018 | Daily News

Maryland officials announced that the state's final Affordable Care Act individual market premiums for 2019 will decrease on average 13 percent, bringing the rates significantly lower than the original requests due to the state's new reinsurance program.

September 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration will again allot $10 million for marketing and outreach during the upcoming Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, which is 90 percent less than spent by the Obama administration in 2017.

September 21, 2018 | Daily News

Former CMS officials, a Democrat and a Republican, discussed the intense political pressure CMS staff would be subject to if Medicare were to negotiate drug prices, and they said the current system is preferable.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

CMS on Thursday (Sept. 20) told assisters working to help people get coverage through healthcare.gov that certain victims of Hurricane Florence may qualify for an exceptional circumstance special enrollment (SEP) period that allows them additional time to enroll, and they may be eligible for other SEPs due to relocating outside of their region or other reasons.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said that the agency is not directing or encouraging states to include opioid-abuse treatment, substance-abuse treatment, or mental health benefits in short-term plans and is leaving regulation of the plans up to individual states.

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