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House Republicans Propose Two New Bills to Replace ACA

March 7, 2017 - 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. Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) of the Ways and Means Committee released a bill that aims to dismantle ACA individual mandates and taxes, expand Health Savings...


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CMS Proposes New Rule to Stabilize Health Insurance Exchanges

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CMS recently announced a proposed rule designed to help stabilize health insurance exchanges by promoting more coverage options and improving the risk pool for insurers. The proposed rule comes just one day after Humana publicized its decision...

Aetna, Humana Terminate Merger Deal After Court Defeat

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Aetna and Humana have scrapped their merger plans after the Department of Justice blocked the deal due to antitrust concerns.  Aetna will pay Humana a $1 billion termination fee, included as part of the original agreement. The DOJ lawsuit,...

Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Aetna

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A shareholder class action lawsuit has been filed against the national health insurance company Aetna Inc., according to a press release from the law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. The announcement came earlier this...

Congress Votes to Nominate Tom Price as HHS Secretary

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On February 1, House Representative Tom Price, R-Ga., was officially nominated as the Secretary for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), according to the US News & World Report. The Senate Finance Committee moved forward with...

Federal Court Blocks Aetna-Humana Health Insurance Merger

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Today, a federal judge ruled that the health insurance merger between the healthcare payers Aetna and Humana should be blocked on the grounds that it would create antitrust issues, according to The New York Times. The health insurance...

6.4 Million Enrollees Sign Up on Affordable Care Act Exchanges

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As of December 21, a total of 6.4 million consumers have enrolled in health plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges on HealthCare.gov, reported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a fact sheet. The number of enrollees...

CMS Halts on Changing Medicare Part B Prescription Guidelines

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) reported on December 16 that a finalized rule for the prior proposal to test new models for prescription drug payments under Medicare Part B has been scrapped. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Senate, House of Representatives Pass 21st Century Cures Act

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This week, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act. President Obama signed the legislation into law on Tuesday, December 13. The 21st Century Cures Act passed with bipartisan support 94-5 in the Senate and 392-26 in the House of Representatives....

How the 21st Century Cures Act will Impact Healthcare Payers

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Last week, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by 392-26 votes. The 21st Century Cures Act affects the health insurance market through a provision that establishes small business health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs),...

How to Fix Obama’s Affordable Care Act Without a Repeal

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Now that a new President and a Republican-controlled Congress has been elected, what does the future for healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) look like? What will happen to the Affordable Care Act cannot be answered simply since...

House Speaker Paul Ryan Proposes a Privatized Medicare System

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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in an interview with Fox News Channel several days after the presidential election that the Republican-controlled Congress and White House will look to create a privatized Medicare system and cut funding from...

CMS Releases Final Rule for Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that updates a number of reimbursement policies and rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), a CMS press release states. The new payment policies...

Premium Rates on Affordable Care Act Exchanges Rise 25% in 2017

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Monthly premium costs on the Affordable Care Act exchanges is expected to rise an average of 25 percent in 2017, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). This percentage is based solely on the premiums for...

CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Program Gained $57M in Savings

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Dr. Patrick Conway, Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced in The CMS Blog that 95 percent of all primary care practices participating in the Comprehensive...

New Leadership at Veterans Affairs Results from Transfers

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One public health payer that has had a wide amount of controversy regarding its operations is Veterans Affairs. The latest controversy comes regarding the Veterans Affairs claim that it has new leadership and leadership teams. USA Today conducted...

How Stakeholder Input on Quality Payment Program Differs

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At the end of last week, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its policies on the new Quality Payment Program. HHS reiterated in a press...

HHS, CMS Announce Finalized Ruling for MACRA Legislation

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced in a press release the discharge of the final ruling on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The MACRA legislation replaces the flawed Sustainable Growth...

VT All-Payer Model Aligns Costs for Public, Private Insurers

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The state of Vermont is moving forward with establishing an all-payer model that uses accountable care organizations and ensures a provider is reimbursed by an equal amount among all healthcare payers for a particular service. The Vermont government...

49M Americans Risk Losing Fixed Indemnity Health Insurance

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A new proposed rule called Expatriate Health Plans, Expatriate Health Plan Issuers, and Qualified Expatriates; Excepted Benefits; Lifetime and Annual Limits; and Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance may negatively impact access to fixed indemnity...

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