Much at Stake as Congress Completes Work for the Year

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Health care has been the top issue in Congress all year, and December is shaping up to be no different. The tax reform bills working their way through Congress could mean major changes for America’s hospitals and health systems.

Because each house will likely pass different versions of tax reform, they... read more

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Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

CMS releases draft guidance for 2019 qualified health plans

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late yesterday released the 2019 draft letter that provides guidance to issuers of qualified health plans interested in selling health coverage through the health insurance marketplaces. The guidance contains key deadlines and incorporates policy changes... read more

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Tag: Coverage

AHA shares concerns on proposals for 2019 health insurance marketplaces

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The AHA today submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the agency's proposed notice of benefit and payment parameters for the 2019 health insurance marketplaces. "While we appreciate CMS's efforts to reduce regulatory burden within the health care system and provide states... read more

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CDC survey: Uninsured rate unchanged in first six months of 2017

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An estimated 28.8 million U.S. residents, or 9%, lacked health insurance when surveyed in the first six months of 2017, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about the same as in 2016, but 19.8 million fewer people than in 2010, the authors... read more

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The Importance of Coverage

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A cancer survivor is alive because doctors diagnosed her disease in time and got her the treatment she needed immediately. A man with diabetes learns how to monitor his blood sugar to avoid the amputation of his leg. These miracles happened because these patients had meaningful access to care as a result... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 1.5 million

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Nearly 1.5 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-11, including more than 876,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. More than three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine... read more

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Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

CMS: More than 600,000 marketplace enrollments in first week

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More than 601,000 people selected a health plan through the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace during the first week of open enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. About three-quarters of the plan selections were by 2017 enrollees who were actively or... read more

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House passes bill to extend CHIP funding, Medicaid DSH relief

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The House today voted 242-174 to approve the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act of 2017 (H.R. 3922), legislation that includes a five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and two years of relief from Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts. Among the CHIP... read more

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Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid, access

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

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

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