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Healthcare Remains a Top Issue in November Elections

Healthcare remains a top issue among voters for the upcoming November 2018 elections.  In a September 26, Pew Research poll, 88 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans believe healthcare is second in importance to Supreme Court nominations.

Health Care Choices Proposal: A Plan to Return Power Back to the People and States

In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared that August should be healthcare month.  The senator would prefer to talk about how to prop up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), or perhaps Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act that would bankrupt the country, anything to avoid voting for President Trump’s judicial nominees. 

New Trump Administration Rule Provides More Healthcare Choices for Americans

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Treasury Department, and the Labor Department issued a final rule that will provide more lower cost options for Americans in purchasing health insurance.  HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, “Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans have seen insurance premiums rise and choices dwindle.

House Ways and Means Committee Boosting Use of Health Savings Accounts

On July 11 and 12, the House Ways and Means Committee marked up and passed 11 bills that will expand the use and availability of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for all Americans and would make other changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.  The bills considered were:

Obamacare is Bringing BIG Changes

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is bringing many changes in the healthcare space and few are as subtly transformative as the rapid increase in cross-industry consolidation.  A record breaking 115 mergers and acquisitions among hospitals and health systems occurred in 2017, an increase of 13 percent from 2016.

Trump Administration Reverses Obama-era Rule on Health Insurance

On Tuesday, February 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a long-awaited proposed rule that would change an Obama administration rule that curtailed short-term, limited-duration health insurance (STLDI) plans.  The HHS press release stated, “In dir

Obamacare Enrollments Predicted to be Lower in 2018

Open season for individuals to sign up for a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) healthcare plan started on November 1, 2017 and will close Friday, December 15, 2017.  With the average premium for the second-lowest cost silver plan, often called the “benchmark” plan, increasing by 37 percent for a 27-year-old, it seems likely that many people will decide not to purchase health insurance in 2018.

Will the Individual Mandate Finally Be Repealed?

The House of Representatives and the Senate are vigorously working to pass a tax reform package before the end of the year.  Both the House and Senate passed their budget resolutions with reconciliation instructions by Thanksgiving, a necessary step in order to craft their respective tax reform packages.

Will the Alexander-Murray Bill Prop Up or Make Big Changes to Obamacare?

Late Thursday night last week, President Trump announced his administration would stop providing Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSRs) payments to insurers.  What are CSRs?  They are subsidies, or reimbursements, given to insurers by federal taxpayers for issuing reduced deductibles and copayments to low-income individuals that participate in the Obamacare exchanges.  CSRs are not payments given directly to low-income people to help them buy insurance

Why did the President Trump state his administration could no longer provide the CSRs?  Because the subsidies were illegal.

President Trump's Executive Order on Healthcare

Today, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO), "Promote Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States,” with the goals of bringing financial relief and more healthcare choices to millions of Americans. Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was signed into law, Americans have seen their health insurance options limited while their premiums and deductibles have soared.

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