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Colorado passes bill to create public health insurance option

April 25, 2019

Colorado's Legislature on Monday passed a bill that directs state officials to create a public health insurance option that would compete with both private insurance plans and plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange—though if it becomes law, the state first would need the federal government to sign off on the plan.

How CMS is changing the exchange market for the 2020 coverage year

April 19, 2019

CMS on Thursday released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 coverage year, which details the agency’s plans to lower total premium assistance and increase generic drug use.

Inside this little-known alternative to 'Medicare-for-All'

April 16, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates in recent months have voiced support for so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals, but there is another more incremental health reform approach that is gaining traction among Democrats looking to move the United States toward a single-payer health care system.

Idaho gov. signs law to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion—with work requirements

April 11, 2019

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) on Tuesday signed a bill into law that directs state officials to implement a voter-approved Medicaid expansion and allows them to seek federal permission to implement Medicaid work requirements.

Why dentists are turning to medical insurance for reimbursement

April 5, 2019

Faced with low reimbursements—or flat-out denials—from dental insurers, dentists are learning to bill medical insurers for some of the services they provide.

Sens. unveil 'Medicare X' bill to create public option health plans

April 4, 2019

Two Democratic senators on Tuesday introduced legislation to create so-called "public option" health plans that would use Medicare payment rates and networks.

Why 2 Republican AGs just urged an appeals court to save the ACA

April 3, 2019

Two Republican state attorneys general are calling on a federal appeals court to uphold the Affordable Care Act, as President Trump and GOP congressional leaders work to establish their plan of action if the case challenging the law ultimately reaches the Supreme Court, and the law is struck down.

CMS approves first-ever partial Medicaid expansion

April 1, 2019

CMS on Friday approved Utah's request to implement a partial Medicaid expansion, just days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law a bill that authorizes his administration to seek federal permission to reform the state's health care system, including seeking a partial Medicaid expansion.

Mulvaney promises millions will still have coverage if ACA is struck down, but GOP has no replacement plan

April 1, 2019

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday said he could guarantee that millions of U.S. residents would not lose health coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is eliminated under the Trump administration, but top Republicans in Congress say they are not working on an ACA replacement plan.

Judge deals 2nd blow this week to Trump admin health regulations

March 29, 2019

A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Trump administration's final rule to expand U.S. residents' access to association health plans—marking the second time this week a judge has ruled against one of the administration's health care moves.

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