IRS Says It Will Continue to Enforce ACA Mandates, Fines for Non-Compliance

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued four letters emphasizing that the employer shared responsibility and individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are still the law of the land and will be enforced. In the two years since businesses had to start filing reports on the health insurance, or lack thereof, they […]

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Senate Republicans’ Repeal-Only Effort Collapses on the Heels of ‘Repeal and Replace’

Less than a day after more Republican defections doomed the Senate’s “repeal and replace” health care legislation, the option of “repeal now and replace later” went down in flames as well. Three GOP Senators immediately said they couldn’t vote for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) without a replacement. Sens. Susan […]

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Senate Republicans Give Up on ‘Repeal and Replace’

With the defection of two more Senate Republicans from the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 has been withdrawn from a vote. On Monday, Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Jerry Moran (Kan.) issued statements declaring they would not vote for the revamped measure. They thus joined Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and […]

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Percentage of Uninsured Rises in First Two Quarters

The percentage of uninsured adults has risen in the first two quarters of 2017, according to a new Gallup poll. Standing at 10.9 percent in the third and fourth quarters of 2016, the percent of adults without health insurance rose to 11.3 in the first quarter and to 11.9 in the second quarter of this […]

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Poll Shows Most Workers Aren’t Worried About Obamacare Repeal

A Harris poll has found that 61 percent of employees aren’t concerned about a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or commonly Obamacare), but there are provisions of the law they want to see preserved. Coverage for pre-existing conditions (80 percent), free preventative care (78 percent) and coverage for adult children until age 26 […]

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Alaska Obtains Obamacare Waiver to Create Reinsurance Pool

Alaska has obtained a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to create the Alaska Reinsurance Program (ARP), which will be used to drive down costs to consumers while also providing coverage to those who lack insurance. “The approval will temporarily stabilize Alaska’s individual insurance market, which only has one carrier […]

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Obamacare Policy Issuers Decrease by 38 Percent from 2016-17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that 141 individual market qualified health plan (QHP) issuers had submitted initial applications to offer coverage using the federally-facilitated exchange eligibility and enrollment platform (healthcare.gov) in 2018. At the initial filing deadline last year, 227 issuers submitted an application compared to 141 this year, a […]

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House Passes Health Care Legislation, Sends It to Senate

On the narrowest of margins, the House of Representatives on May 4 passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in its effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The measure now goes to the Senate, which has vowed to rewrite it. The AHCA does away with both the individual and […]

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Trump Vows to Continue Obamacare Cost-Sharing Payments

After taking funding for “the wall” along the U.S. southern border off the table in ongoing budget negotiations, President Trump today removed another sticking point with the Democrats by promising to continue $7 billion a year in cost-sharing payments to Obamacare health insurers. Funding authorization for the federal government expires April 28 on the president’s […]

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States Rush in to Shore Up Obamacare

Led by Alaska, states are setting up reinsurance programs to help pay the health care costs of their most medically needy citizens in hopes that insurance companies won’t abandon the Obamacare marketplace entirely. The latest to join the trend are Idaho, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Alaska was the first to establish a reinsurance fund, whichit  did in […]

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