Apple Developing Private Health Care System for Employees and Families

Following an announcement by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase, Apple is beating that alliance to the punch by opening its own health care delivery system this spring called AC Wellness. The initiative’s nascent website likens the new service to a “concierge” system focused on two primary care units to begin with: AC Wellness […]

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Trump Administration Follows Through on Longer-Term Skimpy Health Plans

In direct response to President Trump’s October 2017 Executive Order, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury today issued a proposed rule that is intended to increase competition, choice, and access to lower-cost healthcare options for Americans. The rule proposes to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance by […]

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GOP to Seek ‘Incremental’ Health Care Reform

While Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) told Fox Business that the new Republican goal was to seek “incremental” health care reform rather than repeal-and-replace, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R.-Texas) said separately that the employer shared responsibility mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be high on the chopping block. […]

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HHS Chief Says He Will Uphold the ACA

Health and Human Services (HHS) head Alex Azar, when pressed about the legality of Idaho’s plan to market non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) health policies, affirmed his support for the 2010 legislation that in essence federalizes standards for health insurance. “I’m not aware that our opinions or views have been solicited,” Azar said. “There are rules, […]

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Indiana Joins Kentucky in Requiring Work for Medicaid

On Friday, Feb. 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved the Healthy Indiana Plan requiring some 130,000 state residents on Medicaid who aren’t already in compliance to work, enroll in school, undergo job training or volunteer for at least 20 hours a week over eight months each year. The plan follows closely on […]

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Amazon Leads Charge to Modernize Health Care Delivery Systems

Amazon, a web retailing pioneer, and investment giants Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase on Tuesday announced an initiative to enter the health care delivery field, promising quality care “at a reasonable price.” Health care stocks, and the stock market in general, followed by tanking in value. The leaders of each company — Amazon’s Jeff […]

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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 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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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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