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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.

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.

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