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Marketplace Would Be Fundamentally Rocked With Repeal Of Individual Mandate

KHN Morning Briefing

Media outlets offer a look at what would happen to the Affordable Care Act exchanges if lawmakers include repeal of the individual mandate in their tax package. Meanwhile, Democrats seize on the turmoil as a way to get their base interested in the Republicans’ tax overhaul.

Repeal Of ACA Individual Mandate To Be Added To Senate Tax Bill

KHN Morning Briefing

Following a renewed push from President Donald Trump and conservative senators, Senate Republicans agree to include a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to their version of the tax bill.

Open Enrollment Kicks Off With Mostly Smooth Start But Fanfare Of Previous Years Is Absent

KHN Morning Briefing

President Donald Trump didn’t acknowledge opening day for the health law exchanges, and his administration’s announcements were muted. But despite the confusion surrounding the marketplace, consumers still turn out to shop. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama released a video to encourage people to get coverage.

The Theme For Open Enrollment This Year? Rampant Confusion

KHN Morning Briefing

Open enrollment for 2018 health coverage under the Affordable Care Act starts on Wednesday. But consumers across the country have been left scratching their heads — if they know they even still need coverage at all.

An Unintended Side Effect Of Trump’s Move To Cut Off Insurer Subsidies: Free Health Coverage

KHN Morning Briefing

In nearly all of the 2,722 counties included in a recent report, some consumers will be able to obtain free health insurance because they qualify for larger federal premium subsidies that cover the full cost of a plan now that President Donald Trump has stopped cost-sharing payments to insurers. In other health law news: what the marketplaces are going to be like for consumers this year; navigator funding; what Americans want the path forward to be; and more.

Alexander-Murray Bill Would Reduce Deficit By Nearly $4B, Have Little Effect On Number Of Insured

KHN Morning Briefing

The projections from the Congressional Budget Office bolster the bill’s chances, said authors Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.). But President Donald Trump has sent mixed messages about the legislation, and Republican leaders are waiting to move on the measure until the president says he favors it. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that health care is something that should be looked at next year, instead of in the remaining months of this one.

Parsing Health Policies And Politics: Examining The Alexander-Murray Obamacare ‘Fix’; Why Does It Have To Be So Difficult?

KHN Morning Briefing

Opinion writers offer a variety of takes on the deal announced this week by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) as well as what it can and cannot accomplish. They also take a tough inventory of the politics in play and examine other health policy issues, such as Medicare Advantage networks and the status of the Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization.

Future Of Bipartisan Health Deal Already Shaky As Trump Reverses Course On Support

KHN Morning Briefing

As news of a deal first broke Tuesday, President Donald Trump initially signaled support for the efforts. But after other Republicans panned the measure he seemed to change his mind. And although Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) expressed confidence in their plan, it will be a tough slog for them to get it through both chambers.