Tag Archives: ACA

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Five Reasons The ACA Won’t Be Repealed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

Health Expenditure Projections: When Does ‘New’ Become ‘Normal’?

CMS has released its latest forecast of medical spending for the next decade, projecting that medical care as a share of GDP will increase to 20.1 percent by 2025. Forecasting is an inexact science, and there are four reasons to think that the Actuaries may have overstated the path of medical...

July 13, 2016

Health Costs, But Not Obamacare, Dominate The Future Of Federal Spending

Neither side of the political dialogue surrounding health care spending faces up to the continuing dominance of health costs in projections of future federal spending. What do those numbers tell us?

June 27, 2016

Evolving Hospital Community Benefit Could Be The Next Big Development In Health Philanthropy

As community health needs assessments expand to focus on a broader array of health issues and social determinants of health, we can expect hospital community benefit resources to follow in that direction. Health grantmakers have an important role to play in this evolving field.

June 8, 2016