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Senate, House begin negotiations on tax reform bill—and the individual mandate is on the table

December 8, 2017

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who is leading the negotiations, says he is open to including a provision to eliminate the penalty most U.S. residents have to pay for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate in Republicans' final tax reform bill.

A closer look: The top five American Health Line Analyses & Insights of 2017

December 7, 2017

American Health Line's editors and writers covered some big topics this year, including the future of the CHIP program and the consequences rescinding the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate could have on other popular provisions of the law.

Federal exchange signups exceed 3.6M, CMS says

December 7, 2017

New CMS data show more than 3.6 million U.S. residents have signed up for federal exchange coverage since the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period launched Nov. 1, but industry experts say it is unlikely total signups will reach last year's levels.

Study: Largest US insurers are depending more on Medicare, Medicaid for revenues, enrollment

December 7, 2017

The study finds that Medicare and Medicaid plans offered by the United States' five largest health insurers accounted for 59% of the insurers' total revenue and 20% of the insurers' combined enrollment in 2016, demonstrating the insurers' growing dependence on government health programs.

Moody's revises 2018 outlook for nonprofit, public hospitals to 'negative'

December 6, 2017

Moody's Investors Services projects that nonprofit and public hospitals will see their operating cash flows decline by between 2% and 4% over the next 12 to 18 months.

Patients define 'value' differently than providers do, survey finds

December 5, 2017

Bob Pendleton, the chief medical quality officer at the University of Utah who worked on the survey, says the term "value" has become political "propaganda" in the health care industry.

Analysts warn hospital bankruptcies could be looming

December 5, 2017

Industry observers say an increasing number of hospitals and other health care companies likely will file for bankruptcy or restructure their debt in the coming year.

AHL feature: How the House and Senate tax bills would affect health care

December 4, 2017

American Health Line has put together a side-by-side comparison of how the House- and Senate-passed tax reform bills could affect health insurance, Medicare, patients' medical expenses, and even alcohol-related deaths.

Senate votes to eliminate ACA's individual mandate penalty

December 4, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that eliminating the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate would cause exchange market premiums to rise by 10% and lead to 13 million fewer people having health insurance in 2027.

House Republicans unveil short-term spending bill with temporary CHIP funding fix

December 4, 2017

Republican leaders in Congress are hoping to pass this week a short-term federal spending bill that includes a provision that would temporarily lift a restriction on how much money states can receive from CMS' reserve of unused CHIP funds.

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