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Health-Exchange-Alert

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Republicans and Democrats both said they want to pass legislation that shield patients from surprise billing during the House Education & Labor Committee's first hearing on the issue, and they looked toward existing state regulations as a possible roadmap.

April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Rick Scott said Tuesday (April 2) that he told President Donald Trump he is focused on lowering prescription drug prices, despite the president's request last week that he help lead an effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Health care stakeholders remain fixated on the lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality as key Republican and Democratic senators urge Attorney General William Barr to explain the Department of Justice’s surprise move to call for the entire health law to be scrapped and as stakeholders file “friend of the court” briefs in the controversial case, Texas v. Azar, which is now on appeal at the Firth Circuit Court.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Attorney General WIlliam Barr that she profoundly disagrees with his department’s decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in an ongoing legal battle and said that if the administration wants to repeal Obamacare, it should turn to Congress and not to the courts.

April 01, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Wednesday (March 27) signaled he would back a bill extending the Trump administration’s proposal to shift rebates to the point of sale to the commercial market.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

CMS on Friday (March 29) approved Utah’s proposal to implement a more limited version of the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion along with work requirements and a first-of-its-kind enrollment cap for people in the expansion group.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday that the House will vote next week on a resolution (H. Res. 41) condemning the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act through the courts.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Progressive Democrats’ plans to shine a spotlight on Medicare for All have been put on the backburner due to the renewed focus on the Affordable Care Act and the Trump administration’s call for the law to be scrapped in court and replaced by Republicans.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The health insurance association spearheading a lawsuit to overturn the Trump administration’s rule that promotes short-term health plans says in court filings that their issuers have already noticed an impact on enrollment due to the rule, which they say eliminates any question of standing in the case.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Federal judge John Bates on Thursday sided with a group of Democratic attorneys general and ruled that the Trump administration’s rule expanding access to association health plans (AHPs) is an “end run around the Affordable Care Act,” just days before the final phase of the rule was set to go into effect April 1.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The governor of Arkansas said Thursday (March 28) that the state has stopped enforcing its Medicaid work requirements in light of a federal judge’s ruling invalidating the requirements, but he is urging the Trump administration to appeal the decision and remains committed to putting work requirements back into effect.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Republicans in the House and Senate are playing a game of hot potato when it comes to the president’s desire for a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, with House lawmakers passing the responsibility to the Senate, and Senate Republicans punting to the White House.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee approved six pieces of legislation to bolster the Affordable Care Act amid partisan debates over abortion and the purpose of Obamacare.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

A federal judge on Wednesday (March 27) again rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to add work requirements to Medicaid, blocking one such program from taking effect in Kentucky and canceling another program in Arkansas under which more than 18,000 people lost coverage.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Faced with the Department of Justice's surprise decision to seek elimination of the entire Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit, House Republican committee leaders huddled Wednesday afternoon to work on a response and to start laying plans for an alternative to Obamacare -- but they hope the White House will lead on this.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

New Jersey on Friday (March 22) became the first federally facilitated exchange to announce a transition to a state-based marketplace, but more states could soon follow suit.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is thinking about refiling his lawsuit asking a federal court to declare the Affordable Care Act constitutional, which had been dismissed in February, now that the Department of Justice is calling for a federal court in Texas to scrap the entire health law.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Democratic governors on Tuesday blasted the Department of Justice’s reversal in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act and pledged to do whatever possible to shield residents from the potential loss of insurance coverage or consumer protections, in a call set up by the Democratic Governors Association.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump told Senate Republicans that the Department of Justice’s call for a federal court to scrap the Affordable Care Act provides an opportunity for Congress to improve health care, but Senate Republicans seemed unsure of that and expressed confusion over the administration's shifting stance.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Less than 24 hours after the Department of Justice asked a federal court to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, House Democrats introduced sweeping legislation to bolster the Obama-era health care law and rallied to protect the law as the case moves through the appeals system.

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