Attempted ACA stabilization legislation has failed after seven months of bipartisan partnership between Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn). This ends any chance of stabilizing the health care law this year. Please see Politico for more information.
Monthly Archives: March 2018
Congress is expected to begin debating a spending bill which will fund the government until October this week. It remains to be seen if funding for ACA subsidy payments will be included in the spending bill. Please see The Wall Street Journal for more information.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that the US spends almost twice as much as other wealthy countries on healthcare. The two main areas identified as outliers are administrative costs and medical services. For more information please see The Washington Post, The New York Times, or the published study… Read more »
House Republican leaders are considering a complicated budget action that would pay for additional ACA funding. Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs) are payments from the ACA to health insurance carriers. CSRs are currently part of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) baseline. Removing the CSRs from the baseline would allow the CBO to deem any future payments as savings… Read more »
A new analysis from Avalere Health, a health consulting firm, estimates that opening up access to Association Health Plans (AHPs), as proposed by the Trump administration, would result in higher premiums and increase the number of uninsured Americans. Over 3 million individuals would shift from ACA plans impacting the remaining individuals on ACA plans with premium… Read more »