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Health care ministries are booming, but state regulators warn it's not insurance

June 19, 2019


More U.S. residents are turning to faith-based health care sharing ministries that provide cost-sharing arrangements to help cover members' medical bills, but some states have taken action amid complaints that members' medical bills are not being paid.

Varma warned ACA changes could harm coverage for 1.1 million people. HHS moved forward with one anyway.

June 18, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma in August 2018 warned HHS Secretary Alex Azar against three policy changes that she estimated would decrease Affordable Care Act exchange enrollment by 1.1 million and jeopardize the exchange market, according to an internal memo.

The Trump admin just finalized changes for employer-sponsored health plans. Here's what you need to know.

June 14, 2019


The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a rule that will allow U.S. workers to use employer-funded health reimbursement arrangements to purchase private health coverage.

South Carolina asks for CMS' permission to impose work requirements without expanding Medicaid

June 12, 2019


South Carolina last month submitted a Medicaid waiver request to CMS that seeks to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid beneficiaries without expanding its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

California poised to expand Medicaid to 90,000 undocumented adults

June 10, 2019


California lawmakers on Sunday reached an agreement on a state budget bill that would make the state the first to provide full health insurance benefits to certain undocumented adults.

CMS announces $20M in grants for ACA navigators

May 31, 2019


CMS last week announced that it will award $10 million a year over two years in grants to Affordable Care Act (ACA) navigators in 34 states that use the federal exchange for enrollment, and that it will begin evaluating navigators on a two-year performance period starting with the ACA's 2020 open enrollment period.

HHS proposal would rescind Obama-era protections for transgender individuals

May 28, 2019


HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals.

Nearly half of rural US residents can't afford a $1,000 medical bill, survey finds

May 24, 2019


The draft bill from Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, includes a new proposal to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would require hospitals in a health plan's network to ensure all of their providers also are in the plan's network.

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