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ACA repeal might be back on the table, McConnell says

October 18, 2018


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says congressional Republicans could again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain larger majorities in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

Meet Mary Mayhew, CMS' new director of Medicaid and CHIP

October 17, 2018


Mary Mayhew, the former commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, is CMS' new deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP.

The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018


From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Average exchange plan premiums are declining for the first time, CMS says

October 12, 2018


New CMS data show the average monthly premium rate for silver-level health plans sold through the federal exchange will drop by 1.5% for the 2019 coverage year when compared with 2018.

Trump bashes Medicare-for-All in USA Today. (But fact-checkers argue he made these 5 misleading claims.)

October 11, 2018


President Trump in a USA Today op-ed argues that so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation championed by legislators such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would "end Medicare as we know it," but fact-checkers say Trump's argument included several false or misleading statements.

Senate Democrats fail to overturn Trump's short-term health plan rule

October 11, 2018


Senate Democrats' push to overturn the Trump administration's rule that expands short-term health plans fell one vote short of advancing.

Insurers are more profitable than at any point since the ACA passed

October 9, 2018


Insurers selling individual health plans had stronger financial performance during the first six months of this year than they have in all other years since the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions took effect, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation brief.

Judge orders CMS to pay $1.2M in cost-sharing reduction payments to co-op

October 9, 2018


A federal claims court judge who last month ruled that the Trump administration erred in its decision not to pay insurers cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments is now ordering CMS to pay Montana Health co-op more than $1.2 million in CSR payments.

What Kavanaugh's confirmation means for SCOTUS' health care rulings

October 8, 2018


Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has ruled on several high-profile health care cases that some observers say could shed light on how he would rule if cases on those issues were to reach the Supreme Court.

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