Iowa Drops Its Obamacare Waiver Request — Only One Insurer Remains

With Obamacare open enrollment only days away, Iowa was hoping to get a waiver from the Obama administration to set up its own subsidy program for health insurance, as premiums on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace are set to soar 50 percent in the state for 2018. Yesterday the state officially gave up and […]

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Trump Appears to Want More from Bipartisan Health Care Reform Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) over the weekend signaled he would bring the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health legislation to a floor vote if President Trump wants him to do so. Trump officials, however, said the bill needs to be expanded to axe the individual and employer health insurance mandates and offer less comprehensive policies for […]

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Bipartisan Health Care Bill Draws 24 Sponsors, Both Dem and GOP

The latest effort to kick start health care for 2018 — a bipartisan bill to restore insurance company subsidies for low-income Americans — has drawn 24 sponsors in the U.S. Senate from both sides of the aisle, evenly divided, but still faces stiff opposition in the House of Representatives amid mixed signals from the White […]

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Bipartisan Deal Announced for Cost-Sharing Payments to Obamacare Insurers

Senators Lamar Alexander (R.-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D.-Wash.) today announced they have reached agreement on a bipartisan bill that will fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers serving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Obamacare) marketplaces for two years. The CSRs — totaling $7 billion a year — were ended last week by President Trump, who […]

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Trump Ends Subsidies to Obamacare Insurers

Confirming what a federal judge had already ruled, President Trump has ended cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies participating in the Obamacare marketplaces because the payments were never authorized by the House of Representatives, where all spending must be originated and authorized. “Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health […]

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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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CHIP Renewal Hits Snag in House after Sailing Through Senate

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides coverage for some 9 million children nationwide, expired at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 and is now facing an uncertain renewal future. Though the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill providing $100 billion over five years, the House Energy and Commerce […]

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ACA Reconciliation Process, CHIP Both End Tonight

The latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare — the Graham-Cassidy bill that would turn health care over to the states — never made it to vote, and with the fiscal year ending tonight, the Republicans’ chance to use the reconciliation process, which requires only a majority vote in the Senate, ends with it. Meanwhile, […]

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