CMS extends transitional policy for non-grandfathered coverage

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it will extend its transitional policy for non-grandfathered coverage in the small group and individual health insurance markets to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2018, provided that all such policies end by Dec. 31, 2018. Under the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Court issues full opinion blocking Anthem's acquisition of Cigna

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday issued its full opinion blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which would have reduced the number of major national health insurers from five to four. As noted in the Feb. 8 order blocking the deal, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

House, administration request continuance in ACA cost-sharing subsidies challenge

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The Trump administration today joined House Republicans in asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to continue to suspend proceedings in House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell) “to allow time for a resolution that would obviate the need for judicial determination of this... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Survey: Most states planning on federal funding for CHIP to continue

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Most governors are planning upcoming budgets that assume federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will continue, according to a survey released today by the National Academy for State Health Policy. Thirty-three of the 40 states responding to the December survey said their proposed... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

CMS updates timeline for QHP certification for calendar year 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released an updated timeline for qualified health plan certification in the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces for calendar year 2017, and proposed revisions to the rate review timeline for single risk pool coverage. The dates for QHP... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

With Plans Taking Shape, Now is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard

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While Congress passed a budget resolution last month “unlocking” the reconciliation process to repeal and replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, the January 27 deadline for the committees of jurisdiction to develop substantive legislation has come and gone. That’s why the options outlined yesterday by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access

House holds hearing on bill to repeal antitrust exemption for health insurers

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The House Judiciary Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on legislation to repeal the antitrust exemption available to health insurers for anticompetitive conduct, including price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372), introduced last... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

CMS releases proposed rule to stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The rule proposes changes in six areas: special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; qualified health plan certification calendar; and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

CMS: U.S. health spending projected to grow 5.6% annually over decade

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Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow an average 5.6% annually during 2016-2025, outpacing average projected growth in gross domestic product by 1.2 percentage points, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary reported today. As a result, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

Humana to exit Marketplaces in 2018

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Humana this week announced plans to withdraw from the Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2018. “[B]ased on its initial analysis of data associated with the company’s health care exchange membership following the 2017 open enrollment period, Humana is seeing further signs of an unbalanced risk pool,” the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

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