Utah receives waiver for limited Medicaid expansion

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week approved a waiver allowing Utah to expand Medicaid services to up to 6,000 low-income adults without children. Adults with incomes up to 5% percent of the federal poverty line who are chronically homeless or suffer from substance use issues would gain... read more

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Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

House Republican leaders release tax overhaul proposal

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Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today unveiled House Republican leaders’ proposal to reform the tax code. Among other changes, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act would eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through tax-exempt private activity bonds. In addition, the bill would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, bonds, governance, uncompensated care, workforce

Hatch, Brady introduce bill to fund CSRs, eliminate ACA mandates

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) yesterday introduced the Healthcare Market Certainty and Mandate Relief Act of 2017 that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for two years and eliminate temporarily certain... read more

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Tags: Coverage, access

HHS reports on premiums, choice in 2018 health insurance exchange

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The Department of Health and Human Services today released an analysis of consumer choice and premiums in the 2018 federal health insurance exchange, which focuses on states that use the HealthCare.gov platform. According to HHS, the average monthly premium for the second-lowest cost silver plan (the... read more

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Tag: Coverage

HHS issues proposed rules for 2019 health insurance marketplaces

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The Department of Health and Human Services today issued proposed rules for the health insurance marketplaces for plan year 2019. HHS proposes a number of policy changes for both the individual market and the Small Business Health Options Program. The proposed changes include providing states with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

Federal judge denies preliminary injunction in cost-sharing subsidies case

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A federal judge yesterday denied a request by California and 18 other states for an emergency ruling requiring the Trump administration to continue subsidizing cost-sharing reductions insurers provide lower-income people who purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. The... read more

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Tag: Coverage

CBO: Alexander-Murray bill would reduce deficit by $3.8 billion over 10 years

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The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017 would reduce the deficit by $3.8 billion by 2027, according to an estimate today from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation. CBO said the bill, which Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) last week introduced... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Republican leaders' proposal would fund CSRs, eliminate ACA mandates

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today announced an agreement on a proposal that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for two years and eliminate temporarily certain Affordable Care Act mandates. The leaders... read more

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Tag: Coverage

CMS denies MA request for marketplace waiver; Iowa withdraws request

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday denied Massachusetts’ request to create a premium stabilization fund in lieu of cost-sharing reductions to help stabilize the state’s 2018 health insurance marketplace, citing insufficient time to implement the proposed Section 1332 waiver. In other... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Hospital groups file brief in cost-sharing subsidies case

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Ending the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing subsidies would harm patients’ finances and health, trigger a “death spiral” in the health insurance exchanges, and force hospitals to shoulder an even greater financial burden, making it harder for them to serve their communities, the AHA, Federation of... read more

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Tag: Coverage

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