The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), has been re-approved for funding for the next five years. Had this bill been denied, roughly 9 million children; and pregnant women that depend on CHIP, would have been unable to access their care. Please see Benefits Pro for more details.
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee offered a proposal submitted by Republicans, to send $1 billion dollars in extra Medicaid funding to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief; as well as aid in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) for five years. Please see the Washington Post and the Washington Examiner for more details.
Republican leaders are bringing back to life their efforts to dismantle the ACA by the end of the month – consequently, Democrats are intently watching these efforts closely. Please see Washington Post, CNN, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, for more details.
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The buzz in DC echoes reports of Republican Senators; Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), exploring a “last-ditch” attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act. It is unclear if the proposal will elicit enough support to be approved. Senator Paul Rand (R-KY) openly opposes the bill. Please see NBC News, CNBC, Daily Caller, & The Hill for further details.
Census Bureau data released last week reported that only 8.8% of the US population did not have health insurance during 2016. Prior to the full implementation of the ACA, the uninsured rate was 13.3%. Please see New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Politico for more information.
The Washington Post (9/5, Goldstein, Eilperin) reports the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold the first of four hearings seeking to build agreement on strengthening the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces, in “the closest collaboration between Republicans and Democrats in years.”
The White House reported over the weekend that Trump is currently deciding whether or not to eliminate ACA subsidies to insurance carriers, a key cost sharing component of the Affordable Care Act. Please see Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Hill, and Politico for more information.
Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Health Care Freedom Act, a bill which sought to repeal several requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the future of the ACA repeal effort is unclear at this time, pending further developments, all existing ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance.