Senate vote is first step toward ACA repeal

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The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The House is expected to take up the legislation Friday.

 Senate action came eight days after Senate Budget... read more

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Tags: Coverage, access

CMS: Marketplace open enrollment activity outpacing last year

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More than 11.5 million people selected a 2017 health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces as of Dec. 24, an increase of 286,000 compared to the comparable period last year, according to a report released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More than 8.7 million people selected... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

Study: ACA repeal would increase uncompensated care by $1.1 trillion over 10 years

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A partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 29.8 million over 10 years, according to a new report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The resulting increase in uncompensated care could total $1.1 trillion between 2019 and 2028,... read more

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Tags: Coverage, uncompensated care

HHS: 3.6 million fewer Americans with pre-existing conditions uninsured

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The share of Americans with pre-existing conditions who went without health insurance all year fell by 3.6 million people between 2010 and 2014, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report estimates that 133 million Americans under age 65 may have a... read more

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Hospitals Must Respond as Congress Begins Repealing Parts of the ACA

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This week, lawmakers in Washington were sworn in for the new session of Congress – and Republicans took the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. The Senate introduced a budget resolution implementing a special legislative process called reconciliation that could repeal some, though not... read more

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CMS issues updated snapshot of open enrollment activity

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More than 8.7 million people selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states are using HealthCare.gov... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

Hawaii receives first State Innovation Waiver under ACA

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The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Friday granted Hawaii the first State Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1332 allows the federal agencies to waive specific ACA provisions for states if the proposal would provide similar coverage to a... read more

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CMS updates Medicaid/CHIP, Marketplace enrollment estimates

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Nearly 17 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2016, increasing total enrollment in the programs by 30% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report released... read more

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Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

Study: Uninsured rate drops in every state

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The rate of uninsured adults dropped in every state and Washington, DC, in 2015, according to a report released today by the Commonwealth Fund. Kentucky led states with a 25 percentage point decline in its uninsurance rate for adults. According to the report, the uninsurance rate for children declined by... read more

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Tag: Coverage

The Repeal and Replace Debate

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When the 115th Congress convenes January 3, repealing the Affordable Care Act will be a priority for the Republican leadership. It’s unclear, however, if Congress will repeal the ACA while simultaneously pairing it with legislation to guarantee coverage for those who will lose it, or if it will pass... read more

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Tags: Coverage, access

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