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A quick guide to revisions to the cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income marketplace customers and the proposal to add different plans to the market.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans would like to see the administration focus on efforts on making the Affordable Care Act work, rather than trying to make it fail.
For several million consumers who buy their own insurance but earn too much to qualify for subsidies, the ever-growing price of premiums takes a big toll.
Tom Price resigned from running the Department of Health and Human Services after a series of news stories detailing how he tallied more than $400,000 in private plane travel paid for by taxpayers.
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“Some [increases] exceeded inflation drastically and some increased at a slower rate,” said Dr. Daniel Goldstein, the author of the study. “But overall, we’re seeing a gradual creep each year.”
Also in the news from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency will begin evaluating some of the changes put in place by MACRA to reduce Medicare spending.
Many of the changes President Donald Trump wants to see in the legislation are ones that couldn’t get through Congress this summer.
Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have an unusually high number of sponsors on their legislation — 12 lawmakers from each party — and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) promises that every Democrat will vote for it, meaning it seems to have the 60 votes necessary to overcome a fillibuster.
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.
Media outlets report on news from Maryland, New York, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Minnesota.
The new business, which will start in 2020, will be a new pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) company. PBMs serve as intermediaries between drug companies and the prescription plans, but they have come under increasing pressure for not being transparent about how much money they save and how much is passed along to consumers.
Stopping insurer subsidies is like pushing down on one end of a see-saw only to see the other end go up because another of the health law’s subsidies would rise for people with low-to-moderate incomes. Meanwhile, a look at how Illinois raced to get ahead of President Donald Trump’s move to cut off payments.
Media outlets fact check some of the rhetoric swirling around the health care debate.
“It’s long past time President Donald Trump learn that he doesn’t get to pick and choose which laws he follows,” says California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the charge in the fight.
It was a roller coaster in Washington after Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released their bipartisan plan to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. There are some who are writing off the bill as dead, but Alexander still thinks it will pass in some form by the end of the year.
Editorial pages examine the agreement announced yesterday to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces after President Donald Trump announced last week that he would end federal payments to fund the law’s cost-sharing reductions.
Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.
News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.
“In my view, this agreement avoids chaos,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who has been leading bipartisan talks with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
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.
The agreement would reportedly provide two years of funding for subsidy payments to health insurers, expand availability of catastrophic plans and restore some money for enrollment outreach.
Outlets report on news from California, New York, Oregon, Texas, Georgia, Connecticut, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois and Florida.
President Donald Trump wants Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to work out a short-term fix for the insurance marketplaces.
Editorial pages also take a tough stance on President Donald Trump’s move last week to roll back Affordable Care Act provisions regarding birth control coverage.