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Single Payer, Public Options Become Focus of Healthcare Debate

February 5, 2019 - As the nation starts to turn its politics-weary eyes towards the 2020 election cycle, a new series of healthcare talking points are emerging, particularly from the left-hand side of the ideological spectrum. Terms like “single payer,” “Medicare-for-All,” “public option,” and “Medicaid buy-in” are dominating headlines as prospective...


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Gallup Reports 4-Year High in Number of Uninsured Americans

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index reported that the percentage of adults without health insurance reached 13.7 percent by the close of 2018. The polling group sampled more than 115,000 adults across the...

Bipartisan Bill Suggests Another Health Insurance Tax Delay

by Jennifer Bresnick

Senators from both sides of the aisle have sponsored a bill that would delay implementation of the ACA’s health insurance tax (HIT) once again, this time for two years. The $16 billion tax, designed to be levied on payers, would...

CMS Mulls End of Auto-Reenrollment, Silver Loading in ACA Market

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has issued its proposed Payment Notice for the 2020 plan year, which contains provisions that would significantly alter the operations and structure of the ACA individual marketplace. Continuing a pattern of using CMS regulatory...

NYC Mayor Announces Plan to Guarantee Health Coverage for All Residents

by Jessica Kent

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the launch of a comprehensive, universal healthcare coverage plan that will guarantee benefits for every New Yorker. “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford...

Nearly 50% of Pre-Medicare Adults Worried About Healthcare Costs

by Jessica Kent

Forty-five percent of adults aged 50 to 64 are not confident that they will be able to afford healthcare coverage in retirement, according to a poll conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and...

AHIP Urges “Careful Planning” of Health Reimbursement Arrangements

by Jennifer Bresnick

AHIP is cautioning federal regulators to move slowly and carefully when expanding the availability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) as a more prominent means of paying for healthcare services. In response to a request for...

ACA, Member Engagement Challenges Led Top 10 Stories of 2018

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s fair to say that the health payer community had a lot to process in 2018.  Mergers, partnerships, and new entries into the field rocked the traditional industry setup, while federal efforts to chip away at the Affordable...

Coalition of State AGs Challenge Ruling of Unconstitutional ACA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Following a December 14 ruling stating the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional without its individual mandate, attorney generals from 16 states and the District of Columbia filed an expedited motion to bring clarity to the...

TX Judge Rules ACA Unconstitutional in Highly Charged Court Case

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a highly politically court case brought by a number of Republican officials, US District Judge Reed O'Connor has issued a ruling stating that the Affordable Care Act as a whole is unconstitutional. The ruling stems from the notion...

PwC: Digital Experiences, High Costs Will Challenge Payers in 2019

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare payers that hope to succeed in 2019’s competitive business environment will need to meet the strong demand for more consumer-centered digital experiences that help members control their spending and understand how to...

Verma Shares Vision for More State “Flexibility” in Affordable Care Act

by Jessica Kent

CMS has released new policies that purport to help states create “alternatives” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and improve health insurance options, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. In an address to the States and...

Regulatory Uncertainty Continues to Disrupt ACA Marketplaces

by Chuck Green

New research published by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides insight into the forces driving health payers to participate in certain ACA marketplaces while wholly quitting others. Insurer participation in the Affordable Care Act health...

HealthCare.gov Breach Exposes Data of 75K Individuals

by Chuck Green

Last month, a breach of HealthCare.gov took place that affected those applying for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, HHS reported last Friday. The intrusion led to inappropriate access to the personal information of about 75,000...

CMS Relaxes Affordable Care Act Health Plan Regulations

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has issued a final rule that relaxes certain Affordable Care Act health plan regulations in an effort to drive competition and affordability within state health insurance markets. The agency said that the new rule will give payers...

11.8M Members Bought Health Plans Via Affordable Care Act Exchanges

by Thomas Beaton

Nearly 11.8 million beneficiaries have enrolled or re-enrolled in a health plan through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, reaching close to 2017 enrollment totals (12.2 million) despite federal changes in how the exchanges are funded and...

Federal Tax Bill, Individual Mandate Repeal Passes House and Senate

by Thomas Beaton

GOP lawmakers in both the House and Senate passed a federal tax bill that includes a repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance.  The bill now heads back to the House for a procedural vote and afterwards...

Trump Plans to End Cost Sharing Reduction Subsidies for Payers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The White House has announced plans to scrap the Affordable Care Act cost sharing reduction subsidies for health insurers that have helped to keep premiums low and stabilize markets subject to the individual mandate. The announcement came...

ACA “Skinny Repeal” Dies in Senate, Leaving Next Steps Uncertain

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Senate failed to pass its attempt at a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, which would have eliminated the tax penalties associated with the individual mandate for insurance...

Senate Nixes Better Care Reconciliation Act, But Isn’t Done Yet

by Jennifer Bresnick

After a nail-biting procedural vote on Tuesday afternoon that required Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie, the Senate continued its tumultuous afternoon by voting down the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which included deep cuts to...

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