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Idaho will sell 'state-based health plans'—without CMS' OK

November 6, 2018

Idaho Insurance Commissioner Dean Cameron says the state is moving forward with its proposal to sell state-based health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirements and is not going to submit a waiver request seeking CMS' permission to do so.

Hospital-acquired infections have fallen by 16% (but the news isn't all good)

November 6, 2018

A CDC study suggests U.S. hospitals lowered hospital-acquired infection rates since the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was implemented in 2012—but some infections are proving more difficult to reduce than others.

Wisconsin becomes first non-expansion state to get approval for Medicaid work requirements

November 2, 2018

Gov. Scott Walker (R) says CMS approved the state's Medicaid waiver request to require beneficiaries meet work requirements, pay monthly premiums, and complete health-risk assessments.

In the states: Idaho Gov. backs Medicaid expansion, Washington to restrict sales of short-term health plans, and more

November 2, 2018

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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.

MACPAC wants Trump admin to pause on Medicaid work requirements

October 31, 2018

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission in a rare move will send a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging the Trump administration to pause on approving states' Medicaid work requirement requests and to make Arkansas slow down on implementing its work requirements.

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.

Medicaid enrollment dropped—but spending stayed the same, survey finds

October 26, 2018

Medicaid spending in 2018 rose at the same rate as 2017, despite the program experiencing its first enrollment decline since 2007, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of state Medicaid directors.

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