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177K people signed up for federal exchange plans last week—but a glitch might have prevented more

November 7, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced 177,082 individuals signed up for federal exchange plans during the first two days of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, and said technical glitches with HealthCare.gov might have hampered enrollment.

Judge temporarily blocks policy to deny visas to immigrants without health coverage

November 5, 2019


A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

How Georgia wants to redesign its individual health insurance market

November 4, 2019


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Thursday unveiled a proposal intended to overhaul the state's individual health insurance market under certain Affordable Care Act waivers.

The rate of uninsured US children is still rising, 2 new analyses find

November 4, 2019


The uninsured rate among U.S. children rose for the second year in a row in 2018 due to children losing Medicaid and CHIP coverage, according to new analyses from the New York Times' "The Upshot" and Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families.

Trump admin faces lawsuit over policy to deny visas to immigrants without health insurance

November 1, 2019


Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization this week filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration's recent decision to deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

Senate fails to pass resolution to roll back Trump admin's ACA changes

October 31, 2019


The Senate on Wednesday voted 43-52 to reject a resolution that would have rolled back the Trump administration's expansion of certain Affordable Care Act waivers.

CMS launches window shopping ahead of 2020 open enrollment period

October 30, 2019


CMS last week opened window shopping for the Affordable Care Act's upcoming open enrollment period and detailed several changes the agency has made to HealthCare.gov.

Judge: HHS must pay insurers $1.6B in ACA payments

October 28, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the federal government to reimburse nearly 100 health insurers about $1.6 billion in unpaid cost-sharing reduction payments called for under the Affordable Care Act.

The 5 keys to value-based care, according to Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison

October 28, 2019


As the health care industry moves toward value-based payment models, Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison writing in Harvard Business Review offers his five principles to implementing a successful value-based care program.

Verma suggests Trump has a plan if ACA is struck down—but declines to share the details

October 25, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Wednesday declined to provide details on the Trump administration's plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

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