Trump Issues Executive Order to ‘Fix’ Obamacare

As anticipated, President Trump today signed an Executive Order that, once fully implemented, will give consumers new options for health insurance and expand employer-funder Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The executive action orders the Department of Labor (DOL) to look into ways of expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs) that can sell policies across state lines and […]

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Trump Vows to Use His Pen to Fix Obamacare

In what has been rumored for weeks, President Trump is set to move on reforms in the health insurance marketplace Obamacare by using the power of the executive order. He tweeted this morning: “Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare […]

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Interim Final Rules Provide Religious, Moral Exemptions to Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor this week announced two companion interim final rules that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services. Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans are required to cover “preventive services,” a term defined through regulation. […]

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Sen. McCain Signals Reluctant Support for Latest Repeal and Replace Effort

The latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in the form of the Graham-Cassidy bill got a boost on Monday when Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) indicated he might vote yea so long as his state’s governor supported the measure. Later in the day, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave his approval of the measure. […]

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Repeal and Replace Back from the Dead?

Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.), who cast the third and decisive no vote the last time Obamacare repeal and replace was considered in the Senate, seemed to flip-flop on Sept. 6 when he said he would consider supporting a new measure called Graham-Cassidy, which has yet to make it into print. The effort, named after its […]

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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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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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Senate Releases Details of Its Obamacare ‘Repeal and Replace’ Legislation

Gearing up for a hoped-for vote before the July 4th holiday, the U.S. Senate (actually, its Republican leadership) this morning released details about its proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 in pursuit of the GOP’s goal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The measure is similar to but more […]

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CMS Releases County-by-County Map of Obamacare Insurance Options

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a county-level map of 2018 projected Health Insurance Exchanges participation based on the known issuer participation public announcements through June 9, 2017. This map shows that insurance options on the Exchanges continue to disappear. Plan options are down from last year and, in some areas, Americans […]

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