Oregon receives waiver to implement reinsurance program

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The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury today approved a Section 1332 waiver for Oregon to implement a five-year reinsurance program for its health insurance marketplace beginning in 2018. “The Departments have determined that implementation of this reinsurance program will lower... read more

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Alexander announces deal to fund CSRs

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today said he and committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) had reached an agreement on legislation to fund cost-sharing reduction payments for two years and provide states some flexibility in regard... read more

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Administration to end CSR payments to insurers

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The Trump administration will stop making cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, the White House announced last night. Insurers use the federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Congressional... read more

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Tags: Coverage, access

Let's get more Americans covered

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America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

Once Again, Care for Millions at Risk

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Once again, health coverage for tens of millions of Americans is at risk. The Senate is considering yet another proposal, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, with a vote planned for next week.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would... read more

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AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

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The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Survey: Premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage up 3% in 2017

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The average annual premium for employer-sponsored family health coverage rose 3% this year to $18,764, including employer and worker contributions, according to the latest annual survey of employer-sponsored health insurance by the Kaiser Family Foundation and AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust.... read more

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Census: Uninsured rate drops to 8.8% in 2016


An estimated 28.1 million U.S. residents lacked health insurance for the entire year in 2016, 914,000 fewer than in 2015, the Census Bureau reported today. The share of residents without health insurance for the year fell by 0.3 percentage points to 8.8%, with uninsured rates declining for most ages under... read more

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Senate debates bill to repeal and replace parts of ACA

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The Senate yesterday voted 45-55 to reject the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Ac. The legislation was similar to a 2015 bill passed by the Congress, but vetoed by President Obama to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacement.

Senate debate is expected to continue today. Once the... read more

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Medicaid expansion states report easier access to behavioral health care

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Up to one in three Medicaid expansion enrollees received outpatient behavioral health treatment in 2014 in four states examined by the Government Accountability Office: Iowa, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Officials in the three states expanding Medicaid to this population for the first time said... read more

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Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Behavioral health

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