Creating Reinsurance Program, Bringing Back Insurer Subsidies Are Focus Of House Task Force Looking To Stabilize Health Law
The Democratic lawmakers who are a part of the Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Task Force want to bring back efforts to stabilize the health law marketplaces--work that fell by the wayside due to political bickering. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is considering action on health savings accounts.
Moderate Dems Revive Effort To Stabilize ObamaCare Markets
A group of moderate House Democrats will make a push this year to stabilize ObamaCare's markets, reviving an effort that fell to partisan bickering in 2017. The New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of 101 centrists, says the House should "immediately" work with Republicans to bring down ObamaCare premiums and reverse the Trump administration's "sabotage" of the health care law. (Hellmann, 2/27)
Azar Touts Funding HSAs With Obamacare Subsidies
The Trump administration is considering action two fronts that could loosen up the reins on health savings accounts. HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday pushed the idea of funneling Affordable Care Act subsidies into HSAs for people in the individual market to pay for premiums and other out-of-pocket health spending. At the same time, the administration is exploring a proposal that would allow high-deductible plans with HSAs to cover preventive services such as providing free insulin. (Luthi and King, 2/27)