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Congress passes spending bill that repeals ACA taxes, raises tobacco-buying age to 21

December 20, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted to send President Trump two major spending packages to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020 that include several health care provisions, such as eliminating three Affordable Care Act taxes and raising the federal minimum tobacco-purchasing age to 21.

How Bloomberg, Yang want to reform the US health care system

December 20, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who are among the candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, this week released their respective health reform plans.

How one simple letter from the IRS might have saved 700 lives

December 19, 2019


Notices that informed uninsured adults that they had paid the Affordable Care Act's penalty for being uninsured and offered them tips on how to enroll in health coverage might have reduced premature deaths, according to a working paper from three economists at the Department of the Treasury.

Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019


Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

After technical glitches, CMS extends open enrollment for federal exchange plans

December 17, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that it has relaunched and extended the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period until Wednesday, amid reports of technical glitches on HealthCare.gov that impeded users' ability to sign up for federal exchange plans.

Advocates, policymakers call for ACA open enrollment extension, citing technical issues

December 16, 2019


Democratic policymakers and health care advocates are urging the Trump administration to extend the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period, which ended Sunday, citing reports of widespread glitches with HealthCare.gov.

With just 3 days left in open enrollment, CMS data shows federal exchange signups are lagging

December 12, 2019


CMS on Wednesday released federal exchange plan signup figures for the sixth week of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, as well as data on the number of U.S. residents who were enrolled in federal and state exchange plans during the first six months of 2019.

SCOTUS hears arguments in ACA risk corridors case

December 12, 2019


The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that centers on whether the federal government owes health insurers $12 billion in risk corridors payments under the Affordable Care Act, and observers say a majority of the justices appeared likely to rule in the insurers' favor.

'Silver loading' lowered premiums for some rural exchange plan enrollees, study finds

December 9, 2019


A recent Health Affairs study found that some exchange plan enrollees in rural areas paid slightly lower premiums than their urban counterparts in 2018 and 2019 because of a practice among health insurers known as "silver loading."

US health spending growth accelerated last year. Here's why.

December 6, 2019


U.S. health spending growth increased at a faster rate in 2018 when compared with 2017, in part because the net cost of health insurance rose more quickly due to the return of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, according to a CMS report released Thursday.

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