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Trump Eases Limits On Short-Term Plans That Critics Call ‘Junk Insurance’ In Latest Blow To Health Law

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Short-term policies are intended for people who are between jobs, and are generally cheaper than insurance that meets the law’s requirements. But they offer significantly less protection to consumers. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said people buying these plans could be “one diagnosis away from disaster, discovering they have been paying for coverage that may not cover basic care such as cancer treatment.”

As Midterms Inch Closer, Republican Lawmakers Start To Take Softer Stance On Health Law

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Some of those who adamantly opposed any action to shore up the marketplaces have reversed course in a politically charged year. Meanwhile, a new analysis by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services actuaries shows that with the repeal of the individual mandate 37.7 million people will be uninsured by 2026.

Bernie Sanders Lambastes OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Over Health Provisions In Trump’s Budget Plan

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“Director [Mick] Mulvaney, tell me about the morality of a budget which supports tax breaks for billionaires, throws 32 million people off of the health insurance they have, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of fellow Americans,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Meanwhile, the Office of Management and Budget chief caused confusion when he hinted at the same hearing that he wouldn’t vote for President Donald Trump’s budget if he were in Congress.

Trump Takes Aim At Medicare, Medicaid In $4.4 Trillion Budget Proposal

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From gutting safety net programs to funding the opioid epidemic battle, President Donald Trump’s budget includes a host of health issues. The proposed cuts released Monday are unlikely to come to pass, as Congress controls the purse strings, but the plan is a good blueprint of the administration’s priorities.

Enrollment Numbers For State-Run Vs. Federal Exchanges Reveal A Great Divide

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States that run their own exchanges tend to want them to succeed so they invest time and energy into getting people to sign up. Meanwhile, the Trump administration approached the enrollment period as if the health law has failed. The enrollment numbers from the year reflect those different mentalities.

Senate Democrats Rack Up Number Of Health Care Victories In Spending Bill

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The two-year budget deal includes funding for community health centers, extends CHIP for a total of 10 years, funnels money into fighting the opioid epidemic and boosts the National Institutes of Health’s budget, among other things. Other areas of health industry are being targeted in order to pay for the package though. The Senate and House are both expected to vote on the proposed deal Thursday.

Insurance Industry Darling Oscar Health’s Membership Growth For 2018 Off The Charts

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As other companies retreated from business related to the Affordable Care Act, Oscar Health swooped. In other news: former CMS official Andy Slavitt is launching a nonprofit to try to find solutions on high health care costs. And the Trump administration is reportedly set to release guidelines giving states more flexibility in their ACA marketplaces.