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Trump Executive Order On ACA: What It Won't Do, What It Might Do, And When

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. True to his word, on his first day in office he issued an executive order addressing the Affordable Care Act. It may not be, however, all that his supporters expected.

Universal Access And Delegation To States: Examining Two Currents In ACA Replacement Plans

Two ideas are surfacing in Republican plans to replace the Affordable Care Act that should be examined—setting a goal of “universal access” rather than “universal coverage” and shifting responsibility for ACA replacement to the states.

An Association Of Health Funders And The Changing Political Landscape

How does Grantmakers In Health—an association of health foundations and corporate-giving programs—plan to help funders understand, and respond to, significant expected changes in public policies and programs that affect the communities they serve?

CBO Scoring: The Issue Is Not How It’s Done, But How It’s Used

All too often, criticisms of CBO’s methods are motivated by a misunderstanding of what CBO can and cannot be expected to do. As we engage in a new round of health policy debate, it is vital to examine CBO's role in the legislative process.

Bridging The Dental Divide: Overcoming Barriers To Integrating Oral Health And Primary Care

American systems of oral and systemic health---training, licensure, service delivery, and insurance---continue to operate in parallel. A growing evidence base points to the cost and quality shortfalls associated with having separate systems treat the same person.

Health Affairs Web First: US Six-Month Drug Market Exclusivity Extensions Could Yield Nearly $100 Million

A new study, released by Health Affairs as a Web First, analyzed the thirteen supplemental applications approved by the FDA that earned rare disease status from 2005 through 2010 to estimate the costs of the clinical trials and potential economic gain arising from a six-month exclusivity extension.

January 18, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Interstate Insurance Sales: Wishful thinking, Or A Viable Policy Option?

In this post, we’ll take a look at the possible advantages of allowing interstate insurance sales, as well as the reasons opponents say such a policy simply won’t work.

How We Can Repeal The ACA And Still Insure The Uninsured

Even if the ACA stays in place, there will still be almost 30 million people without health insurance. The initial goal of reform should be: making sure everyone has access to health insurance that is affordable and that gives them dependable access to medical care.

CBO Releases Report On Effects Of ACA Repeal

On January 17, the Congressional Budget Office—Congress’ nonpartisan scorekeeper—released a report on how reconciliation legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, similar to that adopted by Congress in 2015 (and vetoed by President Obama), would affect health insurance coverage and premiums.

First, Do No Harm: A Physician Secretary Of HHS And The Reach Of Hippocrates

If the U.S. Senate confirms the nomination of Representative Tom Price to serve as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) he will be only the third physician to lead that department since its formation in 1953.

January 17, 2017 | Following the ACA