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More Consumers Rolling Dice And Going With Bare Bones Plans As Substitute For ACA Coverage

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Most people who are going with the fixed indemnity plans — which aren’t considered true insurance under the health law — are healthy and willing to bet they won’t be hit with high medical bills anytime soon. Meanwhile, Democrats on Capitol Hill have introduced a public option plan that, though it has almost no chance of passing at the moment, reinforces the party’s push toward more universal coverage.

California Leads Coalition Of States To Intervene In Texas Suit That Challenges Health Law

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“It is a legally unsound action, and it is a dangerous action for millions of Americans who left the bad days of pre-existing conditions and the inability to get care for their children,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said of the Texas lawsuit that is challenging the constitutionality of the health law saying the mandate no longer counts as a tax.

Virginia Republicans’ Resistance To Expanding Medicaid Starting To Crack

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Two Republican state senators said this week they would accept some form of broader Medicaid benefits. The issue has sparked a fiery debate in the state, with the Senate blocking the House’s attempts to expand the program. Lawmakers are holding a special session to try to resolve the fight.

Democrats Spurred To Run By GOP Health Law Attacks Plan To Go On Offense During Midterms

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Where once the health law was an elections burden for Democrats to defend, they now see it as a talking point that could help them switch red seats blue. In other news, the Washington Post Fact Checker explains why correlation does not equal causation when it comes to cost-sharing reduction subsidies; actuaries have their hands full with the law’s risk adjustment method; and Maryland’s governor signs legislation to help stabilize the marketplace.

Iowa’s New Strategy To Get Around ACA: Proclaiming That Not All Plans Are Technically Health Insurance

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Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has signed a measure that allows the Iowa Farm Bureau to collaborate with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield on self-funded “health benefit plans,” which would fall outside the regulation of the health law. Experts say Iowa’s new law is legal and unlikely to draw pushback from the government, potentially creating a model for other states to follow.

Virginia Lawmaker Who Switched Stance On Medicaid Expansion Was Braced For Backlash. It Never Came.

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“I’ve been to Republican mass meetings. I’ve been out and about, ballgames, this and that,” Del. Terry Kilgore said. “What I’ve heard people say is, ‘Hey, what you said made sense. We don’t mind helping people if they’re helping themselves.’” Virginia is in the midst of a hot debate over the issue, with the House wanting to expand the program and the Senate refusing to budge. Outlets report on Medicaid and work requirement news out of Minnesota and Colorado, as well.