CMS finalizes policies aimed at stabilizing Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The rule finalizes changes related to special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; and open enrollment periods. The new policies are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

CMS reports on quality disparities for MA patients by gender, including race/ethnicity

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released reports highlighting gender differences on selected patient satisfaction and clinical care measures for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, including racial and ethnic differences. According to the reports, women were more likely than men to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, equity

Congress, administration urged to take quick action to ensure funding of cost sharing reductions

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The AHA and seven other organizations representing providers of health care or coverage, including America’s Health Insurance Plans, today urged Congress and the administration to take quick action to ensure cost sharing reductions for the individual health insurance market are funded. “The window is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Gallup reports uptick in adult uninsured rate

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The share of U.S. adults without health insurance rose 0.4 percentage points in the first quarter of 2017, to 11.3%, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Still, that’s 6.7 percentage points lower than just before the Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in October 2013, Gallup notes. 

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

House rules committee approves AHCA amendment to establish risk-sharing program

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The House Committee on Rules today approved an amendment to the American Health Care Act to create a risk-sharing program to reimburse health insurers offering plans in the individual market for high-cost enrollees. The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Gary Palmer (R-AL) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Kansas House fails to override governor's Medicaid expansion veto

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The Kansas House of Representatives today failed by three votes to override the governor’s veto of legislation to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income uninsured adults. The Kanas Hospital Association supported the bill, which called for the state to submit a waiver request to the federal Department... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

House leadership delays vote on ACA repeal bill

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House Republican leaders have delayed tonight’s expected vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Timing of future action on the bill is uncertain but may come as early as tomorrow morning.

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

House passes bill to repeal antitrust exemption for health insurers

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The House of Representatives today voted 416-7 to approve the AHA-supported Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372). The legislation would repeal the antitrust exemption available to health insurers for anticompetitive conduct, including price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. “The AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

Amendments to ACA repeal bill unveiled

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House Republican leaders late last night unveiled changes to the American Health Care Act, legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. One manager’s amendment makes changes to policies affecting both Medicaid and the tax code, and a second amendment makes technical changes... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA launches ad urging Congress to protect coverage

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A new AHA television ad urges Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the American Health Care Act, on which the House of Representatives could vote Thursday, would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

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