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Two states are going to sue the Trump admin over its association health plan rule. Here's why.

June 21, 2018

Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey (D) and New York AG Barbara Underwood (D) say they believe the Trump administration's final rule to expand association health plans "is unlawful and would lead to fewer critical consumer health protections."

The latest conservative plan to replace the ACA is out. (But it's not going anywhere yet.)

June 20, 2018

The plan would redirect Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to states through block grants, repeal many of the ACA's consumer protections, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow insurers to give discounts to consumers who are young or maintain continuous coverage.

Trump admin finalizes rule to expand association health plans

June 19, 2018

The final rule aims to expand access to association health plans (AHP) by broadening requirements regarding which types of employers are eligible to form an AHP.

House looks to cut ACA funding in FY 2019 HHS spending bill

June 15, 2018

The House Appropriations Committee's draft fiscal year 2019 spending bill to fund HHS would cut or completely eliminate funding for several health care programs, while increasing funding for others.

The government doesn't have to make the ACA's full risk corridor payments, appeals court rules

June 15, 2018

A federal court acknowledges that Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the federal government to pay exchange insurers the full amount of funds they are owed under the law's risk corridors provision, but the judges in a split ruling also say Congress each year after the ACA was enacted had approved appropriations riders requiring the program to be budget-neutral.

DOJ won't defend the individual mandate—and asks court to strike down other key ACA provisions

June 8, 2018

The Department of Justice in a brief filed yesterday in a federal court says, "This court should hold that the [Affordable Care Act's (ACA)] individual mandate will be unconstitutional as of January 1, 2019, and that the ACA's guaranteed-issue and community-rating provisions are inseverable from the mandate."

'Silver-loading' will survive—at least through 2019, Azar says

June 8, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says the department in 2019 will not prevent insurers from "silver-loading" in their Affordable Care Act exchange plans—putting to rest months of speculation that the agency would bar the practice, which makes insurance more affordable for many subsidized purchasers.

State primary results are in—and they suggest health care will be a key issue in this year's midterms

June 6, 2018

Yesterday's primary elections in several states indicated that health care will be a key issue in this year's midterm elections and placed a particular spotlight on a push to implement a single-payer health system in the United States.

Democrats gear up for health care push as McConnell cancels Senate's August recess

June 6, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Democrats will push legislation to tackle five health care issues during the extra time they will get from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to cancel most of the chamber's traditional August recess.

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