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Trump’s Proposed ‘Association Plans’ Popular With Conservatives, But Insurers Aren’t Fans

KHN Morning Briefing

The White House plans to issue executive orders to promote selling insurance across state lines and “association health plans,” which would allow small employers to band together to offer coverage that wouldn’t be subject to the full range of ACA requirements. But some insurers fear that associations would peel off healthier and younger individuals and leave traditional insurance plans to cover sicker and older customers.

New Moral, Religious Exemptions To Birth Control Mandate Prompt Medical Groups To Speak Out

KHN Morning Briefing

“Contraception is a medical necessity for women during approximately 30 years of their lives,” the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said. About 200 employers that are involved in suing the government over the requirement to provide contraception coverage would likely take advantage of the rule change, the administration estimated.

Trump Continues To Chip Away At ACA Despite Congress’ Failure To Repeal Law

KHN Morning Briefing

In a rare move, President Donald Trump weighed in on a decision concerning Iowa’s attempts to stabilize its marketplace, telling CMS to deny its request. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act see the president’s opposition even to changes sought by conservative states as part of a broader campaign to undermine the law. Meanwhile, a left-leaning study finds that at least 20 states blame the administration for the uncertainty in the marketplaces.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Congress CHIPs Away At Health Insurance For Kids

KHN Original

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, and Joanne Kenen of Politico discuss Congress’ tardiness in renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and play the parlor game of who might become the new secretary of Health and Human Services. Also, the pod panel interviews Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) about his new Medicare buy-in bill.

With All The Uncertainty, Insurance Officials Feel Their Hands Are Tied In Approving Premium Increases

KHN Morning Briefing

“It’s very hard for a regulator to deny those rate increases when we can take a look at their bottom line and can tell they can’t continue if they can’t keep their head above water,” said Mike Kreidler, Washington State’s insurance commissioner and a supporter of the health law. Meanwhile, lawmakers are moving forward with bipartisan talks to try to stabilize the marketplace.