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Ryan calls for GOP to seek 'incremental' health care reforms

February 15, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he "think[s] the best chance" Republicans have at changing the U.S. health care system is to seek "incremental" reforms, since larger-scale reforms likely would not have enough support to pass in the Senate.

Senate Democrats push to expand premium subsidies for exchange plans

February 9, 2018

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have resumed talks around a bill to bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and hope to include such language in an omnibus spending bill.

In the states: Alabama files suit against opioid maker; South Dakota lawmakers advance bill to raise tobacco purchasing age, and more

February 9, 2018

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

2018 exchange plan sign-ups down by 3.7% compared with last year, data show

February 8, 2018

Industry experts say the overall 3.7% decline in exchange signups was lower than they had expected, considering the Trump administration had shortened the 2018 open enrollment period and cut spending on open enrollment outreach by 90%.

Joint Cleveland Clinic, Oscar Health plans see strong start

February 8, 2018

Kevin Sears, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Market & Network Services, says he believes narrow network health plans like those offered through a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and Oscar Health will continue to take up an increasing share of the individual health insurance market.

Enrollment in faith-based health care ministries continues to rise

February 7, 2018

Kevin Lucia, a research professor at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms, says, "If healthy people gravitate toward these other arrangements, like health care sharing ministries, it can lead to higher premiums and less plan options for the people left behind."

How some states are looking to bolster, undo parts of the ACA

February 6, 2018

Some states are considering new proposals to bolster or undo parts of the Affordable Care Act, which industry experts say could bring the United States back toward a system where coverage and consumer protections vary by state.

Reinsurance proposals gain traction among House GOP lawmakers

February 5, 2018

House and Senate GOP leaders are considering proposals intended to lower exchange premiums and fund reinsurance programs—marking a major shift among House Republicans, who last year opposed similar proposals intended to bolster the exchanges.

Trump names 3 health policy priorities in the State of the Union—and ACA repeal isn't one of them

January 31, 2018

President Trump says in 2018 his administration will prioritize efforts to address the opioid misuse epidemic, reduce prescription drug prices, and expand right-to-try laws—but made no mention of new bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

States sue HHS for cutting off Basic Health Program funds

January 30, 2018

Minnesota and New York in a lawsuit against HHS claim that the department cut funding for the Basic Health Program by more than $1 billion and "failed to give a reasoned explanation" for the cut.

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