Tag Archives: ACA

Despite Leaving Key Questions Unanswered, New Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions Will Do Clear Harm

On October 6, the Trump administration released an overhaul of federal regulations governing religious objections to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage guarantee. With exemptions to the contraceptive guarantee expanded, there are lots of questions and concerns that will not...

October 17, 2017

A New Plan To Rescue The ACA: Medicare-At-55

With the Trump Administration's recent executive order on health care, the need for proposals to help stabilize the insurance market has grown. One proposal is Medicare-at-55, which would extend Medicare to the 55-64 age group, and could be a potential fix to insure the near-elderly and provide...

October 16, 2017

The CHRONIC Care Act Passes Senate, Obstacles Remain

This post outlines the key components of the CHRONIC Care Act passed by the Senate, assesses its outlook in the House, and considers what its progress may tell us about the prospect for more bipartisan action on health care in the future.

October 5, 2017

ACA Round-Up: Open Enrollment Ends, Issa Introduces FEHB-Based Replacement Plan

The second week of the Trump administration has proven to be relatively quiet for health reform as we await the confirmation of a new Health and Human Services Secretary. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) moved one step closer to the Secretary’s office when Senate Finance Committee Republicans...

February 1, 2017

Five Reasons The ACA Won’t Be Repealed

The repeal and replace “two step” is fraught with difficulty, bolder than the ACA itself, and far from certain to succeed.

December 7, 2016

National Health Spending Grows Faster In 2015

A new Web First from Health Affairs estimates that in 2015 health care spending in the United States grew at a rate of 5.8 percent and reached $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person.

December 2, 2016

The Women’s Health Amendment Is Getting An Update. What Should It Include?

ACOG and its colleague organizations should address four areas of importance for sexual and reproductive health: expanding the contraceptive coverage guarantee; expanding coverage of services to prevent HIV and other STIs; covering and ensuring adequate reimbursement for preventive counseling...

September 14, 2016

Health Policy Brief: Telehealth Parity Laws

A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines telehealth parity laws in the United States.

August 15, 2016

‘Moderate’ Health Spending Growth Projections Exceed What We Can Afford

Projected growth in national health expenditures has been referred to as “moderate.” This should not undermine, however, the urgency of reducing the health spending cost trend.

August 10, 2016

Nondiscrimination And Chronic Conditions — The Final Section 1557 Regulation

HHS recently finalized regulations for the cornerstone non-discrimination provision of the ACA -- Section 1557. Health advocates and patient advocacy organizations lauded the final regulations, which expressly prohibit insurers from employing plan benefit designs or marketing practices that...

July 20, 2016