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House GOP Lawmakers Contemplate Efforts To Stabilize Obamacare Insurance Markets

KHN Morning Briefing

Reports indicate that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Tom Arthur (R-N.J.) are considering legislation to fund payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies in exchange for increased state flexibility in waiving health law coverage requirements. However, Democrats have a different view. They see must-pass legislation — such as critical spending fights on tap for September — as giving them leverage to secure those subsidies.

With ‘Brutal’ September Looming, Trump Braces For ‘Thorny Issues’ On Capitol Hill

KHN Morning Briefing

With a number of must-pass legislative items on the agenda, there are also few working days on the congressional calendar — and a possibility that GOP lawmakers may make another attempt at an Obamacare repeal. All the while, news outlets examine how President Donald Trump’s Twitter and verbal attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could further complicate the days ahead. Meanwhile, during the August recess, Republicans faced a lot of health care questions at town hall meetings. And Democrats use the GOP’s failed repeal-and-replace measures to formulate their talking points and political strategies. Abortion politics, though, continue to complicate their message.

Trump Administration Grants Insurers 3 Extra Weeks To Calculate 2018 Rate Requests

KHN Morning Briefing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced late last week that the deadline would be extended as insurance companies face uncertainty resulting from President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off some subsidies paid to them on behalf of low-income people. The uncertainty has disrupted planning by insurance companies and led some to either leave or contemplate leaving the Obamacare marketplaces.

Early Look At Premiums For Marketplace Plans Show Wide Variability

KHN Morning Briefing

The price changes in 21 cities range from an increase of 49 percent to a decrease of 5 percent. Elsewhere, news outlets examine insurance companies’ efforts to get lawmakers to drop the health law’s tax on plans, some health organizations propose fixes for the law, Oscar’s plans for Tennessee, Ambetter’s decision to stay in the New Hampshire marketplace and other topics.

For Insurance Commissioners On Front Lines, Subsidies Aren’t Just A Part Of A Political Game

KHN Morning Briefing

In Washington, the subsidies for insurers have become a hot topic in the health care debates, but state insurance commissioners are more concerned about what they’ll actually have to do if they’re cut off. Without the federal subsidies, insurers would need to get the money — estimated at $7 billion to $10 billion next year — from another source. Meanwhile, in other marketplace news, Anthem is pulling out of Nevada’s exchanges and paring back its offerings in Georgia, and Molina is closing a clinic in Michigan.

As ACA Emerges From The Rubble Intact, Attention Shifts To Enrollment Season

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Many questions remain about what exactly the enrollment period will look like, and if President Donald Trump and his administration will try to undermine sign-ups. Meanwhile, the damage may already be done to the individual marketplace following months of uncertainty.