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Recent ACA changes will drive premiums up by 18.2% in 2019, report predicts

February 28, 2018

An Urban Institute report estimates that recent changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and proposed changes to restrictions on short-term health plans would result in nine million fewer U.S. residents being enrolled in ACA-compliant coverage in 2019.

Does the tax reform law invalidate the ACA? 20 GOP states argue it does.

February 27, 2018

A group of 20 Republican states in a new lawsuit claim that, by zeroing out the tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, a recently enacted tax reform law has rendered the individual mandate, and by extension the entire health reform law, unconstitutional.

How Ohio wants to change Medicaid and the ACA for state residents

February 21, 2018

The Ohio Department of Medicaid under newly proposed waivers would seek CMS' permission to implement work requirements for some Medicaid beneficiaries and to exempt Ohio residents from the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

Weekly Line: Idaho tells insurers they can ignore ACA requirements. Is that legal?

February 16, 2018

Idaho is moving full steam ahead with its plan to allow insurers to sell individual health plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and on Wednesday, one insurer got on board.

Weekly Line: Why you still might be on the hook for an individual mandate penalty—even though Congress eliminated it

February 9, 2018

If there's one thing that causes U.S. residents more confusion than health care policy, it might be tax policy—and when you combine the two, things can get really wonky.

Enrollment in faith-based health care ministries continues to rise

February 7, 2018

Kevin Lucia, a research professor at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms, says, "If healthy people gravitate toward these other arrangements, like health care sharing ministries, it can lead to higher premiums and less plan options for the people left behind."

How some states are looking to bolster, undo parts of the ACA

February 6, 2018

Some states are considering new proposals to bolster or undo parts of the Affordable Care Act, which industry experts say could bring the United States back toward a system where coverage and consumer protections vary by state.

Weekly Line: What Trump's silence on ACA repeal signals for health policy in 2018

February 2, 2018

During his first speech to a joint session of Congress last year, President Trump called on lawmakers "to repeal and replace Obamacare," firing the starting pistol in a year-long debate on wide-ranging health reform proposals that, ultimately, stalled.

Trump names 3 health policy priorities in the State of the Union—and ACA repeal isn't one of them

January 31, 2018

President Trump says in 2018 his administration will prioritize efforts to address the opioid misuse epidemic, reduce prescription drug prices, and expand right-to-try laws—but made no mention of new bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Trump admin reportedly eyeing additional individual mandate exemptions

January 29, 2018

Sources say the Trump administration is looking to expand hardship exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate for this year, though the sources say administration officials have not yet finalized any guidance related to the effort.

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