Death by a Thousand Cuts — or One Executive Action — to Obamacare

Shortly after signing an executive order barring any new regulations by federal agencies, President Donald J. Trump signed another order that mandates his agencies to “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the [Affordable Care] Act [ACA]” that they deem to burden individuals, insurers, health-care providers, or […]

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Federal Judge Blocks HHS Transgender Regulation

The same federal judge who blocked a federal regulation that dictated free bathroom choice at public schools has now blocked a ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that required Catholic hospitals to perform gender transition services as well as abortions. “Plaintiffs will be forced to either violate their religious beliefs or maintain […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Deadline for Jan. 1 Coverage Extended to Dec. 19

Before the clock could even click toward midnight on Dec. 15, the original deadline for signing up for 2017 Obamacare policies that will take effect on Jan. 1, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today extended the cutoff date to Monday, Dec. 19, at midnight. “Millions of Americans have already signed up for […]

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Family Planning Services Under Title X

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a final rule to clarify the regulations for family planning services under Title X of the Public Health Service Act and protect access to family planning services. Title X is the only federal program focused solely on providing family planning and related preventive services. “This […]

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OCR Trebles Its HIPAA Violations Fines in FY 2016

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) shattered all monetary settlement records for violations of the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy, security and breach rules in the fiscal year ended this past Sept. 30, according to a study by the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. In fiscal 2016, OCR socked companies $25,6 million for HIPAA violations, […]

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HHS Says 2.5 Million More May Be Eligible for Obamacare Subsidies

Of some 6.9 million Americans who purchased health insurance in private markets and not on the exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that 2.5 million should be eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reducing their monthly premiums to as little as $75 a month, according to an analysis […]

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Health Care Providers Must Post Nondiscrimination Notice, Taglines by Oct. 17

The final Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule on the statute’s section 1557 requires that all health care providers receiving federal funds post in a conspicuous public space in their offices a “Notice of Nondiscrimination” prior to this coming Oct. 17, 2016. Federal funding generally refers to those providers accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients, or participaing in […]

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Administration Targets Young People for Obamacare Sign-Ups

With the sign-up of young persons lagging behind the needs of balancing young and old, healthy and sick, the administration is turning to cyberspace and other initiatives to lure young people into signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. In 2016, fewer than 30 percent of Obamacare sign-ups out of […]

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HHS Issues Rule on Child Care

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on Friday announced new quality and safety standards aimed at providing for higher quality care and safer environments for millions of children, including the youngest learners. The rule, which implements bipartisan legislation signed by President Obama in 2014, sets higher standards […]

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Obamacare Premiums Rise Steeply

State insurance commissioners, under pressure from health insurers bleeding red on the Obamacare exchanges, have begun approving rate hikes up to 62 percent, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quickly reassured consumers that taxpayers would pick up the tab. With insurance premiums to be announced steadily up to the Nov. 1 open […]

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