McCain Again Sinks Repeal and Replace

Though the votes haven’t been cast yet, today’s decision by Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) to vote no appears to be the end of the Senate’s latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) is also on the nay record, leaving Sens. Susan Collins (R.-R.I.) and Lisa Murkowski (R.-Alaska), who lean toward the […]

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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 Gains New Traction

A new Republican bill that would gut the Affordable Care Act (ACAA) and replace it with block grants to the states to implement their own health care programs — even single-payer — is breathing new life into the “repeal and replace” movement that failed just seven weeks ago. Already, however, Sens. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) and […]

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CMS Says 63 Counties to Be Without Obamacare Provider

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted an update to its Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. This map is of projected issuer participation on the Health Insurance Exchanges in 2018 based on the known issuer public announcements through Sept. 13, 2017. Participation is expected to fluctuate and does not represent actual […]

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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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Trump Administration to Cut Funding for Obamacare Advertising, Promotion

The Trump administration is slashing advertising for enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies for 2018 from $100 million to $10 million, and cutting funding for “navigators,” individuals who help people sign up, from $62.5 million to $36 million, CNBC reports today, citing phone calls from Health and Human Services (HHS) officials. Those officials and […]

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Last of 81 ‘Bare’ Counties Lands an Obamacare Insurer

Seven states had been scrambling to find insurers willing to sell Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies in 81 “bare” counties, and this week the sole remaining, unserviced county — Paulding in rural Ohio — found a suitor in CareSource. The result is that there are no longer any areas of the United States […]

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Iowa Seeks Obamacare Waiver to Fill Void

Faced with the possibility of having no insurance company selling on the Obamacare exchanges in the state, Iowa has applied for a 1332 innovation waiver under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If approved, Iowa will sell just one standard policy on the ACA exchange and will back it up with tax credits to […]

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4 Million Paid Average of $708 in Obamacare Penalties in 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that 4 million Americans paid an average of $708 for not having health insurance in 2016 — what the IRS terms the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment (ISRP). The average is just over the base penalty of $695 imposed for a whole year without coverage. Interestingly, 22.6 million others filed for exemptions […]

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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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