Poll Shows Most Workers Aren’t Worried About Obamacare Repeal

A Harris poll has found that 61 percent of employees aren’t concerned about a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or commonly Obamacare), but there are provisions of the law they want to see preserved. Coverage for pre-existing conditions (80 percent), free preventative care (78 percent) and coverage for adult children until age 26 […]

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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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Obamacare Policy Issuers Decrease by 38 Percent from 2016-17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that 141 individual market qualified health plan (QHP) issuers had submitted initial applications to offer coverage using the federally-facilitated exchange eligibility and enrollment platform (healthcare.gov) in 2018. At the initial filing deadline last year, 227 issuers submitted an application compared to 141 this year, a […]

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House Passes Health Care Legislation, Sends It to Senate

On the narrowest of margins, the House of Representatives on May 4 passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in its effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The measure now goes to the Senate, which has vowed to rewrite it. The AHCA does away with both the individual and […]

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Trump Vows to Continue Obamacare Cost-Sharing Payments

After taking funding for “the wall” along the U.S. southern border off the table in ongoing budget negotiations, President Trump today removed another sticking point with the Democrats by promising to continue $7 billion a year in cost-sharing payments to Obamacare health insurers. Funding authorization for the federal government expires April 28 on the president’s […]

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States Rush in to Shore Up Obamacare

Led by Alaska, states are setting up reinsurance programs to help pay the health care costs of their most medically needy citizens in hopes that insurance companies won’t abandon the Obamacare marketplace entirely. The latest to join the trend are Idaho, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Alaska was the first to establish a reinsurance fund, whichit  did in […]

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HHS Announces Limited ‘Fixes’ to Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a set of limited “fixes” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) going forward. “While these steps will help stabilize the individual and small group markets, they are not a long-term cure for the problems that the Affordable Care Act has created in our health […]

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Trump HHS to Continue Obamacare Insurance Company Subsidies … for Now

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed to the New York Times that the agency will continue providing cost-sharing subsides to health insurers participating in the Obamacare exchanges, pending a lawsuit appeal that will be heard next month. The subsidies, totaling about $7 billion a year, are provided to […]

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HHS Secretary Pledges to Uphold Obamacare

Testifying before Congress today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pledged to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) so long as it is “the law of the land,” including the individual and employer mandates. “So long as the law is on the books, we at the department are obliged to uphold the […]

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‘More Resolved Than Ever’ to Repeal Obamacare, House Leaders Say

Only four days after the humiliation of not being able to unite their party to vote for a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), House Republican leaders said “we’re closer today to repealing Obamacare than we ever were before,” and in the words of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, “more resolved than ever […]

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