Tag Archives: ACA repeal and replace

Can States Survive The Per Capita Medicaid Caps In The AHCA?

From a state perspective, Medicaid is a very lean program, and the challenge of responding to the proposed reductions in the federal Medicaid funds may be daunting.

May 17, 2017

Medicaid: What Happens Now?

Medicaid reform demands a deliberative process, one that operates in regular order and carefully considers a wide range of options for controlling costs in the nation’s single largest source of health insurance.

May 17, 2017

The Bipartisan ‘Single Payer’ Solution: Medicare Advantage Premium Support For All

By combining two shots of conservative orthodoxy with one overflowing progressive one, and stirring slowly, it is not at all far-fetched to envision an endgame cocktail for our health care system that covers everyone, decreases costs, and can pass Congress.

May 11, 2017

The ‘Medicaidization’ Of The Health Insurance Marketplaces: A Necessary Trend

Many insurers have ably managed their sicker- and poorer-than-expected Marketplace membership by borrowing from the playbook of the most similar market, Medicaid. Health plans must employ this playbook to well-serve a population that both parties believe needs coverage.

May 8, 2017

House Passes AHCA: How It Happened, What It Would Do, And Its Uncertain Senate Future

On May 4, 2017 the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a near party-line vote of 217-213.

May 4, 2017

Interrogating The Dream: What Does Single Payer Really Mean?

If a single-payer solution is to be argued as anything but a pipe dream, advocates must map out a clear and realistic path forward. This includes addressing a number of factors that single-payer dreamers have long been loath to acknowledge.

May 2, 2017

Making A Prohibition On Preexisting Condition Exclusions Effective Requires Additional Measures

Policy proposals that maintain the prohibition on preexisting condition exclusions without other protections are providing an empty promise to those with health problems and those who may suffer a health problem in the future.

May 2, 2017

Loathing And Loving As A Pathway To Meaningful Health Care Reform

Democrats and Republicans each need to decide what they want so much that they would be willing to accept something they really loathe in exchange in order to reach consensus on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

April 21, 2017

House GOP Moves To Add ‘Invisible Risk Sharing Program’ To AHCA; Other ACA Developments

A federal “invisible risk sharing program” within AHCA’s Patient and State Stability Fund, included in a new amendment submitted to the House Rules Committee, could help to high-cost individuals. However, the program’s benefits could be undermined by inadequate funding and other AHCA provisions.

April 6, 2017

ACA Round-Up: Negotiations To Revive AHCA, Alexander-Corker Bill, and Risk Adjustment

This post discusses efforts to tweak AHCA to get 216 votes in the House; the potential effect of legislation to allow premium tax credits for off-exchange plans, both overall and in the home state of its sponsors; and an interim ACA risk adjustment report.

April 4, 2017