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Kansas Lawmakers Vote for Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

March 29, 2017 - Kansas state lawmakers in the House and Senate have voted to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, although the bill still faces the prospect of a veto from Governor Sam Brownback.   The 25-14 Senate vote on the Bridge to a Healthy Kansas Act follows a House vote of 81-44, bringing Democrats and Republicans together in the GOP-controlled legislature.   The Kansas...


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Kansas Lawmakers Vote for Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

by Thomas Beaton

Kansas state lawmakers in the House and Senate have voted to approve Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, although the bill still faces the prospect of a veto from Governor Sam Brownback.   The 25-14 Senate vote on the Bridge...

House Votes to Boost Health Insurance Options for Businesses

by Thomas Beaton

The House of Representatives has voted 236-175 to move the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 to the Senate in an effort to increase health insurance options for small businesses. The Act is designed to promote the growth of Association...

House GOP Leaders Pull American Health Care Act Before Vote

by Thomas Beaton

Before it could reach the House of Representatives for a vote, Republican party leaders pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Because lawmakers could not agree on the structure or substance of the conservative healthcare framework, the...

House Reps Add Amendments to the American Health Care Act

by Thomas Beaton

House Republicans recently added 21 pages of  updates and changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to push forward the potential Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill. Many of the legislation’s changes would make...

APMs, Health Data Exchange among Top Payer Reform Goals

by Thomas Beaton

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) offered policymakers and stakeholders healthcare reform priorities, including alternative payment models (APMs) and health data exchange, that aim to lower overall healthcare costs and improve patient...

HHS Launches Webpage Detailing ACA Repeal Actions

by Thomas Beaton

HHS created a new online resource that highlights the regulatory and administrative actions the federal department has taken for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal. HHS believes that these actions are necessary to relieve burdens of the...

Tom Price: American Health Care Act CBO Score is Inaccurate

by Thomas Beaton

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, released a statement that decried several findings from the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The CBO estimates that over 14 million Americans will lose health...

CBO Score Confirms Industry’s American Health Care Act Concerns

by Thomas Beaton

After the Congressional Budget Office released their cost estimate on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) several healthcare industry leadership groups reaffirmed their concerns about the bill, which may leave approximately  14 million Americans...

Industry Groups Express Concerns Over Proposed ACA Repeal Bills

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Earlier this week, House Republicans started a potential Affordable Care Act repeal by introducing the American Health Care Act. But some industry groups recently expressed concerns that the legislation would inappropriately shift more healthcare...

HHS Secretary Price Voices Support for House ACA Repeal

by Thomas Beaton

The Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services Secretary (HHS) penned a letter to the two House Republicans behind the American Health Care Act praising the new legislation that would replace the Affordable Care Act. “On...

House Republicans Propose Two New Bills to Replace ACA

by Thomas Beaton

On Monday, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee proposed two bills that together will effectively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Combined the bills comprise the American Health Care Act....

Bill Would Make Health Insurance Liable for Antitrust Laws

by Thomas Beaton

Proposed legislation supported by the American Hospital Association passed the House Judiciary Committee earlier that if approved by Congress make health insurance companies liable for anti-competitive business practices. The Competitive Health...

Researchers Expect ACA Repeal Adverse Effects on Uninsured

by Thomas Beaton

Authors of a recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association foresee health and financial risks the uninsured patient population following a partial or complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The...

Single-Payer Reform Purported to Save Estimated $504 Billion

by Thomas Beaton

A possible repeal of the ACA threatens to eliminate the coverage of 26 million Americans, but the authors of a recent commentary in the Annals of Internal Medicine contend that reforming to a single-payer system would allow for a Medicare expansion...

GOP Leaders Unveil Proposed ACA Repeal, Replacement Plans

by Thomas Beaton

GOP leaders have unveiled their latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with new health insurance regulations. The outline includes cutting federal Medicaid expansion, moving more Medicaid control to the states, and restructuring...

Proposed ACA Replacement Moves Coverage Choices to the States

by Thomas Beaton

Several Republican lawmakers have introduced the “Patient Freedom Act” as a proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act, emphasizing state authority and local decision-making in the health insurance market. Senators Bill Cassidy,...

74% of PCPs Prefer Affordable Care Act Changes Over Repeal

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Only about 15 percent of primary care providers favored a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a recent New England Journal of Medicine study stated. While some of the 426 primary care providers surveyed between December 2016 and January...

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