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States are preparing for the ACA to be overturned. But Azar is urging officials 'to keep calm.'

October 23, 2019


Officials in some states are working on backup plans in case a federal appeals court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality, but HHS Secretary Alex Azar says, until a final ruling is issued in the case, the Trump administration's current message "is to keep calm and carry on."

Appeals court seems likely to rule against Medicaid work requirements

October 15, 2019


During oral arguments Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed likely to uphold a lower court ruling against Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Colorado unveils its plan for a state public option—and it could cut provider payments

October 11, 2019


Colorado officials on Monday released a draft report outlining a proposed state public health insurance option, but the plan is drawing criticism from health care providers who would receive lower reimbursements under the proposal.

Trump admin will deny visas to those without health insurance

October 7, 2019


President Trump on Friday issued a proclamation that could deny immigrants' visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

Inside Buttigieg's 'Medicare for All Who Want It' plan

September 19, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Thursday released his so-called "Medicare for All Who Want It" plan, which would create a public health plan that Americans could choose to opt in to.

Insurers to pay a record $1.3B in rebates to consumers, employers under ACA

September 12, 2019


Health insurance companies this month are expected to begin paying an estimated $1.3 billion in rebates across the individual, small group, and large group insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio requirement, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis published Tuesday.

The uninsured rate is up for the first time in nearly a decade, Census data shows

September 11, 2019


New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the country's uninsured rate increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018, marking the first year-to-year increase reflected in Census data since 2008 to 2009, when the United States was at the highest point of the Great Recession.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019


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

CMS awards $10M in grants for ACA navigators

September 5, 2019


CMS on Friday announced it has awarded $10 million in grants to 34 Affordable Care Act navigators for the 2020 and 2021 open enrollment periods.

CMS rejects Idaho's proposal to limit voter-approved Medicaid expansion

September 4, 2019


CMS on Thursday rejected Idaho's request to expand the state's Medicaid program, but allow individuals who are eligible for the expanded program to remain enrolled in Affordable Care Act exchange plans.

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