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Administration Allows States To Extend Transitional Policies Again

States can again extend the life of “grandmothered” or transitional health insurance policies to policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2018, as long as they do not extend beyond December 31, 2018. These plans will continue to be exempt from most of the ACA’s insurance reform provisions.

February 23, 2017 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Withdrawal Of Guidance On Bathroom Access Raises Questions For Gender Identity Protections Under ACA

The Trump administration has withdrawn the Obama administration’s guidance mandating access to school bathrooms and locker rooms based on gender identity. This calls into question the new administration’s position on Obama-era ACA section 1557 rules prohibiting gender identity discrimination.

February 23, 2017 | Health Equity

Reading The Fine Print: Do ACA Replacement Proposals Give States More Flexibility And Authority?

A close examination of replacement proposals shows they would turn upside down a longstanding principle of federal-state regulation of insurance, which provides that the states should be the primary source of health insurance oversight and consumer protection.

February 23, 2017 | Following the ACA, Insurance and Coverage

Health Affairs Web First: Mexico’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Shows Results

A new study, released by Health Affairs as a Web First, estimated changes in beverage purchases in Mexico for 2014 and 2015.

February 22, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Should Government Officials Be Held Responsible For Failing To Protect Health?

In the aftermath of the Flint crisis, the question remains: Will the culture of neglect, especially regarding the health of poor people of color, continue?

February 22, 2017 | Population Health, Public Health

Parties Ask Court To Keep Cost-Sharing Reduction Payment Litigation On Hold (Updated)

The administration has apparently reimbursed the insurers for February and will likely keep paying them until the matter is resolved.

February 21, 2017 | Following the ACA

Economic Benefit Of Vaccines Highlighted In 2017 Bill & Melinda Gates Annual Letter

In their new Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are optimistic about progress in global health. And the most important factor in reducing childhood deaths is increasing global vaccination rates, they say.

Misleading Metrics

Metrics are intended to promote quality. But if they measure the wrong thing or are easy to manipulate, there can be serious consequences.

Solving The Rural Health Care Access Crisis With The Freestanding Emergency Center Care Model

A 2016 study identified over 650 rural hospitals vulnerable to closure in 42 states with 38 percent of 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals operating at a financial loss. Freestanding Emergency Centers present a practical solution to this crisis.

Request For Abstracts: The Practice Of Medicine

Health Affairs seeks submissions for a series of articles focusing on the practice of medicine that we will begin publishing in early 2017.

February 17, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs