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The fate of the Affordable Care Act hinges on a separate legal argument called “severability,” or whether a smaller part of the law that is found unconstitutional can be wiped out while leaving the rest of the law intact. And the abortion issue influences the Supreme Court debate.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he claims preserve the Affordable Care Act’s popular protections for people with preexisting conditions while his administration supports a case headed to the Supreme Court that could dismantle the health law. The president’s actions around Obamacare have been a focus of election-year criticism.
Similar bills have been considered in recent years, but none came to fruition. Also: Sam’s Club will offer telehealth subscriptions; Amazon expands virtual health care for employees; and more.
The law guarantees the ability to buy health insurance and bans insurers from denying coverage or charging more to people with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, cancer — and potentially COVID-19. Any change would affect the almost 7 million people in the United States who have already had the coronavirus.
In other health care industry news: the explosion of telemedicine, more hospital data breach fines, another young doctor dies of COVID and more.
The Trump administration is scrambling to make a future coronavirus vaccine free to the nation’s 44 million Medicare beneficiaries, since Medicare doesn’t currently cover costs for drugs approved under emergency-use designations, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The vacancy on the Supreme Court heightens the drama over the future of Obamacare.
A new case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is due to be heard at the Supreme Court in November. News outlets look at how a new court composition, following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, could impact that health law case or future ones.
“The prices are so high, the prices are so unaffordable — it’s just a runaway train,” said Gloria Sachdev, the chief executive of the Employers’ Forum of Indiana, a coalition that worked with RAND on the study.
Employees of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office posed as customers looking for health insurance. Some of the sales representatives refused to let GAO employees see the policy documents before they agreed to buy it.
The Journal Of General Internal Medicine reports less than 10% of tests cost insurers more than $306, but some bills were as high as $14,750. News is on fast turnarounds for employers, rapid antigen tests, the UK’s shortage of tests during a second wave and more.
The latest Census Bureau report finds the trend of decreased numbers of Americans with health insurance continued for a third year under President Donald Trump’s presidency.
The health insurance company is not affiliated with Kaiser Health News (KHN) or KFF. Other health systems in the news include UnitedHealthcare, Lifespan, Care New England, Northwestern Medicine, Palos Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Atlantic Health and CentraState Healthcare.
The measure could be added to its Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program this year.
Caseloads rose on average 8.4% through July in 30 states for which researchers have enrollment information. And in 14 states with enrollment data through August, the average is 10%. Other news is on CMS pulling back from a financing proposal, as well.
Read about the biggest pharmaceutical developments and pricing stories from the past week in KHN’s Prescription Drug Watch roundup.
With only a week left for the public comment period, Georgians encounter technical website issues. In other health law news: Cigna will expand in 300 more counties; and only 3 Obamacare co-ops remain.
While the coronavirus crisis dominates national attention, 2020 candidates are highlighting broader health care policy messages on the trail and in ads.
Media outlets report on news from Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Texas, West Virginia and Maine, as well.
The state auditors will look at how health officials collect and report data about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, in an effort to promote consistency.