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HHS exempts more employers from ACA's contraceptive coverage rules

November 8, 2018

The Trump administration's final rules will allow more employers to qualify for exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive coverage rules on moral or religious grounds, drawing sharply mixed reactions from stakeholders.

Appeals court denies insurers' request to rehear cases over ACA risk corridor payments

November 8, 2018

A full panel of judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied a request from four health insurers to rehear their cases claiming the federal government owes millions of dollars in risk corridors payments, and at least two of the insurers intend to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

Congress, divided: What Tuesday's election results mean for health care

November 7, 2018

In Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans expanded their Senate majority but lost control of the House—likely meaning the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead, and giving Democrats new leverage to scrutinize President Trump's health policy choices.

ACA open enrollment launches today. Here's what experts predict enrollment will look like in 2019.

November 1, 2018

The Affordable Care Act's sixth open enrollment period launched today, and while experts expect enrollment to go smoothly, they also expect that the number of U.S. residents enrolled in exchange plans will not increase—or could decrease.

You can now 'window shop' on ahead of open enrollment

October 30, 2018

CMS on Friday said consumers can begin window shopping on, meaning they can use the website to view the plans that will be available once the open enrollment period launches on Nov. 1 and calculate how much the plans will cost.

Judge urges health care groups to drop request to block Trump's short-term health plan rule

October 30, 2018

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon during oral arguments last week said health care groups should drop their request for a preliminary injunction to block the Trump administration's short-term health plan rule because they do not have proof that they have been harmed by the rule.

Premiums could have been 16% lower without Trump's policy changes, analysis finds

October 29, 2018

Individual health plan premiums for the 2019 coverage year could have been up to 16% lower if the Trump administration had not made certain policy changes, such as expanding access to association and short-term health plans, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds.

ACA's state innovation waivers are getting a makeover—and a new name

October 23, 2018

New guidance from CMS loosens the guard rails for so-called state innovation waivers, which were created under the Affordable Care Act to allow states to alter their health insurance markets, but some experts say the changes might not be legal. was hacked. Here's what you need to know.

October 22, 2018

CMS estimates a breach affected about 75,000 consumer files, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma says the agency is "working to identify the individuals potentially impacted as quickly as possible so that [it] can notify them and provide resources such as credit protection."

On Trump's fall 2018 health care agenda: Medicare Part D changes, Medicaid premiums, and more

October 19, 2018

The White House and federal agencies this week released their fall regulatory agendas, setting the stage for new health care regulations for the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, Medicaid, Medicare, and more.

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