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A Tale Of Two Republican States: One That Embraced Health Law And One That Resisted Every Step Of Way

The New York Times examines exactly why New Mexico's marketplaces have remained steady, while Oklahoma's have spiraled.

The New York Times: How G.O.P. In 2 States Coaxed The Health Law To Success Or Crisis
When President Trump describes the Affordable Care Act as “imploding,” Lori Roll, an insurance agent here, does not consider it hyperbole. Only one health insurer in Oklahoma is left selling coverage through the federal marketplace, and the hospital in this city of 36,000 is not in the network. Premiums are among the highest in the country, and while most marketplace customers qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s income-based subsidies that lower the cost, many of Ms. Roll’s middle-class clients do not. (Goodnough and Abelson, 4/20)

In other health law news —

Modern Healthcare: Amid Growing Uncertainty, States Extend Deadlines To File 2018 Rates
With time running out to set insurance prices and still no sign of whether the Trump administration will continue funding cost-sharing subsidies for low-income Americans, several states are giving health insurers a little more wiggle room to file 2018 rates. State insurance regulators hope an extra few weeks to price plans will be enough to ease the insurance industry's jitters created by efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and keep insurers from bailing on the exchanges. (Livingston, 4/20)

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