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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.

The White House wants to recalculate the poverty line—which could have big effects for health care

May 23, 2019

The Trump administration has released a proposal to change how the federal poverty level is calculated, which could lead to millions of U.S. residents losing their eligibility for public health benefits, according to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Inside the House's legislative package to address drug costs and bolster the ACA

May 20, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 284-183 to approve a legislative package intended to address high drug prices and bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchange market.

House votes to overturn Trump admin's expansion of ACA waivers

May 10, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 230-183 to approve a bill that would overturn CMS guidance that expanded the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) so-called "state innovation waivers" in a way that allows states to circumvent certain ACA requirements.

Insurers set to repay customers a record $800M in rebates, KFF predicts

May 10, 2019

Individual market insurers in 2018 had their best year since 2011, and they are projected to have to pay back a record-setting $800 million in rebates to enrollees, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis published Tuesday.

Biden wants to give US residents the option to buy into Medicare

April 30, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, during a campaign event on Monday called for allowing all U.S. residents to have the option to buy into Medicare, highlighting a divide among Democratic policymakers and presidential candidates over whether to shift the United States to a single-payer health system.

Washington lawmakers approve bill to create public option health plan

April 30, 2019

Washington's Legislature on Saturday approved a bill to create a state-funded public health insurance option, which state residents would be able to select on Washington's health insurance exchange.

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