CBO Says Families Would Be Hit Hard By New Republican ACHA Plan

CBO Says Families Would Be Hit Hard By New Republican ACHA Plan

Families To Pay Price If Maternity Care Coverage Is Cut By GOP Christie Popp, who is pregnant with her third child, is hoping hard that the maternity coverage she has through the Affordable Care Act doesn’t go away. That coverage is written into the health law as a requirement for every plan sold on the individual market. But that could change if Republicans get their way to repeal the ACA and remake health care. Popp…

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Blue States Might Be Forced to Offload Popular Obamacare Protections

Blue States Might Be Forced to Offload Popular Obamacare Protections

Under the Republican health bill, it’s up to states whether to dismantle key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Red, or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions. As strange as it sounds, deep-blue, heavily Democratic states supportive of Obamacare, including California and New York, may be forced to do the same, according to experts, regulators…

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Trump Administration, HHS and States Sign On With Insurers to Help Sickest Patients

Trump Administration, HHS and States Sign On  With Insurers to Help Sickest Patients

As congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act remain in limbo, the Trump administration and some states are taking steps to help insurers cover the cost of their sickest patients, a move that industry analysts say is critical to keeping premiums affordable for plans sold on the law’s online marketplaces in 2018. This fix is a well-known insurance industry practice called reinsurance. Claims above a certain amount would be paid by the…

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The Battle Over ACA Is Hardly Done Following Republican Failure to Repeal

The Battle Over ACA Is Hardly Done Following Republican Failure to Repeal

The Affordable Care Act’s worst enemies are now in charge of the vast range of health coverage it created. They’re also discussing changes that could affect a wider net of employment-based policies and Medicare coverage for seniors. Letting ‘Obamacare Explode’ One Step at a Time Republicans failed last month in their first attempt to repeal and replace the ACA. But President Donald Trump vows the effort will continue. Even if Congress does nothing, Trump has suggested…

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About the Bottom Line: Could Less Customers Mean Bigger Profits for Health Insurers

About the Bottom Line: Could Less Customers Mean Bigger Profits for Health Insurers

The collapse of efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, or Obamacare, arose out of a floodtide of criticism of the Paul Ryan plan. But among those who stayed on the sidelines and offered little input or blowback? Insurers… By Phil Galewitz About the Bottom Line: Could Less Customers Mean Bigger Profits for Health Insurers The House GOP’s embattled health care bill has plenty of detractors: Democrats, hospitals, the American Medical Association and the House…

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Watch Out For the Continuous Coverage Penalty on the Health Insurance Horizon

Watch Out For the Continuous Coverage Penalty on the Health Insurance Horizon

GOP Scraps Individual Mandate But Sets Up New Penalty For Those Skipping Coverage The Affordable Care Act’s tax penalty for people who opt out of health insurance is one of the most loathed parts of the law, so it is no surprise that Republicans are keen to abolish it. But the penalty, called the individual mandate, plays a vital function: nudging healthy people into the insurance markets where their premiums help pay for the cost…

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President Trump and Speaker Ryan Hit The Health Care Wall

President Trump and Speaker Ryan Hit The Health Care Wall

Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA As the rubber meets the road for the new Trump administration on their promise to wipe out “Obamacare,” it seems the president is finding it a long and winding road. It also seems unlikely that the latest GOP plan will make everyone happy. Current regulations and their take on preexisting conditions are anathema to most Republicans and conservatives, and many are disappointed with other…

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How You Can Understand Obamacare

How You Can Understand Obamacare

If you’re like many Americans, the prospect of dealing with the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is a horror. It’s a complex health insurance plan which a survey of more than 12,000 people found 60 percent of the people just plain don’t understand. We’re here to help you understand Obamacare. Of the people surveyed by Health Affairs, more than half of those who would sign up for Obamacare don’t completely…

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