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Health-Exchange-Alert

February 12, 2019 | Daily News

Democrats are embracing proposals that would lower the Medicare eligibility age to either 50 or 55 in an effort to expand health coverage without fully upending the current system, but industry groups are wary of the idea and warn it could be as disruptive as moving to Medicare for All. 

February 12, 2019 | Daily News

Utah will ask CMS for permission to partially expand its Medicaid program after Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed a bill Monday (Feb. 11) that significantly scales back the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan.

February 12, 2019 | Daily News

Prominent House Republicans are discussing legislation to obviate the ongoing legal threat to the Affordable Care Act by fully repealing the individual coverage requirement, but Democrats are unwilling to tamper with the Obamacare statute and don’t want to make any moves that could threaten the health law or tamper with the ongoing appeals process.

February 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s focus on price transparency has not omitted the health insurance space: CMS is exploring ways to increase price transparency in exchange plans and is seeking feedback from stakeholders on ways to help consumers understand their cost-sharing responsibilities.

February 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice on Friday (Feb. 8) asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject a request by the Democratic-led House to intervene in Texas v. Azar to defend the Affordable Care Act.

February 08, 2019 | Daily News

The White House is pushing back on Democrats’ claims of Obamacare “sabotage” with a new report saying that the Trump administration's regulatory changes to the Affordable Care Act will create $453 billion in benefits for consumers and taxpayers over the next 10 years.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee officially identified three pieces of legislation it will push to reverse the Trump administration’s actions to unravel the Affordable Care Act.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats laid plans for a hearing next Wednesday to examine three bills that would reverse Trump administration policies they say undermined the Affordable Care Act. Energy & Commerce health subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA) said her panel would weigh bills to revoke the short-term health plan rule, revive the ACA advertising budget and overturn the administration’s revised guidance on the 1332 waiver.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee spent more time debating whether to hold a hearing on Medicare for All than discussing the stated subject of Wednesday’s hearing -- the implications of the ongoing federal case in Texas that could upend Obamacare.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Idaho Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb. 5) upheld the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion, rejecting a lawsuit from a conservative group that argued the ballot measure delegated too much power to the federal government.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

Rural Health Association of Tennessee Executive Director Rebecca Jolley said she is cautiously optimistic that CMS won’t approve the state’s request to add work requirements to its Medicaid program, as the state has not expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act, and she added that she’s nervous about the disproportionate impact such a program would have on rural areas.

February 06, 2019 | Daily News

Patient advocates and health care experts welcomed President Donald Trump’s pledge Tuesday night to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, but also stressed the administration must make policy shifts that embrace comprehensive health care and reject discriminatory actions in order for the ambitious project to succeed. Democrats argued the administration’s previous actions have undermined, not supported, the battle against the disease.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), one of dozens of issuers that sued the government over its failure to pay about $12 billion in risk corridor payments owed to industry, has officially asked the Supreme Court to review the Federal Circuit appeals court’s decision in favor of the administration.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

The new Democratic chair of the House subcommittee that handles HHS appropriations pledged Tuesday (Feb. 5) to use her position not just for budgeting purposes but also for aggressive oversight of Trump administration policies on the Affordable Care Act.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

House Democrats will spend the morning after the president’s State of the Union address investigating the impact of the administration’s policy decisions over the Affordable Care Act in three subcommittee hearings slated to take place simultaneously.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators working on legislation to curb surprise medical billing sent a letter to prominent stakeholders Tuesday (Feb. 5) in a bid to strike common ground between insurers and hospitals, coming hours before President Donald Trump, who supports cracking down on so-called balance billing, was poised to address health care costs in his State of the Union address.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

Fourteen state Medicaid programs are violating federal law by not covering a drug used to induce medical abortions, and one state -- South Dakota -- is violating federal law by refusing to provide Medicaid coverage of abortions in cases of rape and incest, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Monday (Feb. 4).

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

A contentious proposal to replace Utah’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan with one from state lawmakers that is both more restrictive and more expensive advanced in the Utah legislature Monday (Feb. 4).

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The California insurance marketplace, Covered California, is asking the California state legislature to reinstate an individual mandate penalty, create a reinsurance program and expand premium cost sharing, among other suggestions, to lower costs for those on the state exchanges.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

Two small Northeastern states are the latest to explore state-level reinsurance programs and individual mandates to help stabilize their individual insurance markets.

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