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Senate Republicans from the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 has been withdrawn from a vote.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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HHS Seeks Input on Remediating ‘Burdensome’ Obamacare Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), following an executive order to review all regulations to relieve unnecessary burdens on people, businesses and institutions, is now asking for public input on regulations in the Affordable Care Act, with the goal of identifying burdensome ones and fixing or eliminating them. Here is the exact language […]

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HHS Report: Premiums Have Doubled Under Obamacare

In a report issued this past week, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that health insurance premiums offered on HealthCare.gov have doubled since the start of the Affordable Care Act: Comparing the average premiums found in 2013 MLR data and […]

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Uncertainty over Subsidies Has Insurers Talking Huge Hikes in Premiums

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the largest Obamacare insurer in the state, has announced it intends to hike health insurance premiums by 22.9 percent in 2018 unless the Trump administration guarantees to continue doling out what are called cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). If the CSRs are continued, the company added, rates would go […]

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Administration Seeks 90-Day Extension on Obamacare Subsidies Hearing

Facing an appeals hearing on an Obamacare lawsuit brought by House Republicans, President Donald Trump’s administration has asked a U.S. Court of Appeals for another 90 days to resolve the legal issue with regard to the so-called cost-sharing reduction payments mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Department of Justice and House […]

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Attorneys General Hope to Intervene in Obamacare Lawsuit

In an appeal pending before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the fate of federal subsidies to health insurance companies lay in the balance after a federal judge sided with a lawsuit by Republicans claiming the payments were unconstitutional since the House of Representatives had never appropriated the funds. Now a group of 16 state […]

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