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July 09, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic lawmakers and stakeholders are drawing on Republicans’ high-profile lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to unify Democrats around a central health care message going into the 2020 election, even as the progressive wing of the party simultaneously pushes Medicare for All.

July 09, 2019 | Daily News

The administration’s recently unveiled final rule on health reimbursement arrangements largely tracks with the proposed version, but makes a few changes to the rule’s categories of workers to help mitigate adverse selection, including adding a minimum size to certain classes.

July 08, 2019 | Daily News

Ahead of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing in the case to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Senate Democrats are on the offense and attempting to pin any potential ruling to scrap the ACA on their Republican counterparts by arguing that GOP lawmakers have been complicit in the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the law.

July 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration tells a federal appeals court that the high-profile suit over the future of the Affordable Care Act should be viewed a live case even though the Department of Justice now sides with the 18 GOP-led states and two Texas residents who sued HHS to overturn the health law.

July 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are urging a federal court to uphold the Trump administration’s rule expanding association health plans as Democratic-led states look to overturn the rule, arguing that the plans help small businesses and do not circumvent the Affordable Care Act.

July 03, 2019 | Daily News

As the federal government prepares to hire thousands of people to work on the 2020 census, state Medicaid programs should implement safeguards to prevent low-income census workers from losing their Medicaid eligibility as a result of a temporary bump in income, CMS told states Wednesday (July 3).

July 02, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump on Monday (July 1) harshly criticized California’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to undocumented immigrants under the age of 26.

July 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Federal Trade Commission has facilitated an exchange special enrollment period for the tens of thousands of Americans who bought health insurance from the Florida-based insurer Simple Health, which the agency alleges collected more $100 million in premiums by selling Americans “worthless” medical discount plans.

July 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals On Tuesday (July 2) denied a request from GOP attorneys general to delay the July 9 oral arguments in Texas v. Azar due to the court’s new questions over parties’ standing in the high-profile case over the Affordable Care Act’s future, but did grant the AGs an additional two days to submit a response, which is now due July 5.

July 02, 2019 | Daily News

Two states are moving closer to running their own state-based exchanges with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signing legislation to enact a state exchange last Friday and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) set to approve a similar bill this week.

July 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday (July 1) announced the three judges who will hear oral arguments next Tuesday (July 9) in the high-profile case over the fate of the Affordable Care Act: Caroline Dineen King, appointed to the court by President Jimmy Carter, Jennifer Walker Elrod, appointed by President George W. Bush; and Kurt Englehardt, appointed by Donald Trump.

July 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday (July 1) announced the three judges who will hear oral arguments next Tuesday (July 9) in the high-profile case over the fate of the Affordable Care Act: Caroline Dineen King, appointed to the court by President Jimmy Carter, Jennifer Walker Elrod, appointed by President George W. Bush; and Kurt Englehardt, appointed by Donald Trump.

July 01, 2019 | Daily News

Private health insurance premiums cannot be reined in without reforms to hospital payments, which make up the largest expenditures in the system, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress says, and the group offers several policy recommendations including rate-setting, reference pricing and site-neutral payments, among others.

July 01, 2019 | Daily News

The American Academy of Actuaries found that 2020 premiums are likely to differ from 2019 premiums due to the rising cost of health care and policy changes from the Trump administration, including the expansion of short-term health plans and the elimination of the individual mandate penalty and cost-sharing reduction subsidies, among other changes.

June 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals not to overturn or hear arguments in the case about its controversial rule that prevents facilities that refer patients for abortions from receiving Title X funds.

June 28, 2019 | Daily News

The two top-polling Democratic primary candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), squared off on health care, with Sanders extolling the benefits of Medicare for All and Biden arguing for building upon the Affordable Care Act.

June 27, 2019 | Daily News

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has surged in the polls in recent weeks, doubled down on her support for Medicare for All during the first Democratic Primary debate of the 2020 election on Wednesday night (June 26), raising her hand when moderators asked which candidates would eliminate private health insurance, and arguing that politicians who believe single-payer cannot be done are unwilling to fight.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has asked all parties in the closely-watched case over the Affordable Care Act, Texas v. Azar, to weigh in on whether Democratic attorneys general and the House of Representatives have standing to appeal in light of a recent Supreme Court decision.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Wednesday (June 26) requested Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought testify on July 10 regarding his involvement in the administration’s decision to drop any defense of the Affordable Care Act in the high-profile case that is on appeal in the Fifth Circuit. Cummings asked Vought to let staff know if he intends to comply with the request by July 3.

June 26, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) introduced competing legislation to end surprise medical bills through baseball-style arbitration just hours after the Senate health committee approved a bill to end the practice via a benchmark payment rate.

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