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Meanwhile, the agency wants to approve its operations to more nimbly handle emergency waiver requests.
Federal officials say the cost of the benchmark plan will be down for the third year in a row when enrollment begins next month. Meanwhile, ProPublica looks at misleading social media ads for health insurance that isn’t comprehensive.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a waiver request from Georgia to expand its Medicaid program with restrictions that narrow the number of residents who will be eligible.
While the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett focused on the Affordable Care Act and abortion, there are a host of health-policy cases the high court will decide in the near future and far term, Politico reports.
As the presidential candidates prepare for tonight’s separate town hall events — to be controversially broadcast at the same time — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hones his health care message to voters. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump downplays the COVID pandemic.
As she did the previous two days of hearings, Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, spent most of Wednesday parrying senators’ questions rather than answering them, although she was feistier in her responses to Democrats seeking to put her on the spot, Politico reports.
Also on Tuesday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, dinged Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for dodging questions about how she viewed the precedents set by Roe v. Wade in 1973 and Casey v. Planned Parenthood in 1992, which established and affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion.
The eight justices declined to consider an appeal in which South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster sought to remove two clinics — in Charleston and Columbia — from the state’s Medicaid network. Planned Parenthood cheered the decision but warned there are at least two dozen pending cases across the nation.
Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are focusing much of their questions and comments to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett around an upcoming case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act as well as other issues related to the pandemic.
Enrollment among the subsidized continues to grow, but the portion that is unsubsidized dropped by more than 300,000 beneficiaries last year.
Studies reveal shrinking access to and increased costs of health care coverage for many in the U.S. And analysts worry about 2022 insurance premiums.
In her questionnaire, Amy Coney Barrett omitted a reference to a 2006 anti-abortion newspaper advertisement that she signed.
As the U.S. experienced historic job-loss rates between February and June, over 4 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CMS reports.
Lack of affordable coverage was the top reason given for being uninsured. Other marketplace and health industry news is from United HealthCare, St. Luke’s Health System, Children’s Mercy, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Molina Healthcare, Affinity Health Plan, Baptist Hospitals and more.
Today’s negotiations and actions could determine if there is any hope of a coronavirus relief bill passing before Election Day. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer makes a rare move to pressure Republicans on preexisting conditions protections and pharmaceutical executives are scheduled to testify before a House panel.
With little chance of blocking the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in the Republican-controlled Senate, Democrats are focusing their campaign messaging on the potential threat posed to the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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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.