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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 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.
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.
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But Sen. Bernie Sanders is looking to start a conversation about why America has the problem it does with its current health care system.
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.
Opinion writers also offer their thoughts on the Affordable Care Act’s stability, the negative systemic possibilities of Medicare for all and a range of other topics.
Opinion writers examine areas in which the next step for lawmakers regarding Obamacare might involve bipartisanship. They also take on issues related to Medicaid and the outlook for the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces.
As prices continue to go up, employers may begin to explore different cost-saving measures such as offering at least one high-deductible health plan.
Three years ago, only about a quarter of the nation’s large employers were very confident they would have a health plan in 10 years. That number has now risen to 65 percent.
Opinion writers offer a variety of thoughts on the current zeitgeist surrounding the Capitol Hill repeal-and-replace discussion as well as a number of other policy issues.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he doesn’t know what the path forward looks like, but he thinks that “no action is probably not going to work.”
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.
Opinion writers offer thoughts on the current state of play regarding the Affordable Care Act, the repeal-and-replace effort and other ideas regarding health system reform.
Media outlets report on news from California, Vermont, Kansas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
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.
Little-known rules require all health insurance companies to help pay claims when any one of them fails. Penn Treaty failed big — and insurers around the country are likely to pass those costs onto policyholders.
Opinion writers analyze where Congress turns now on the health law and the factors affecting the political decisions.