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Former HHS Sec. Sebelius Says Trump Administration Still ‘Working To Engineer’ ACA’s Failure

In other news, Rhode Island regulators have approved health insurance premium rates for 2018.

KCUR: Trump Administration Still Sabotaging Affordable Care Act, Sebelius Says 
President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders came up short in their initial efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says they’re still working to engineer its failure. In a recent interview, Sebelius, who spearheaded implementation of the ACA, said she knows that the law isn’t perfect. But she said it would be working better if Republicans would stop undermining it. (McLean, 8/17)

The Associated Press: Rhode Island OKs Health Insurance Premium Increases
Rhode Island officials have approved health insurance premium rates for 2018, giving the OK to increases ranging from 5 percent to 12.1 percent. Marie Ganim, the state health insurance commissioner, said Thursday that approved rates were in some cases lower than the insurance companies had requested. She says that will save consumers nearly $17 million. (8/18)

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