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.

January 18, 2017

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.

January 17, 2017

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

Court Denies Cost-Sharing Reduction Payment Recipients Right To Join Litigation (Updated)

On January 12, 2017, the D.C. Circuit denied two recipients of cost-sharing reduction payments the right to intervene in House v. Burwell, a challenge to reimbursement of insurers for those payments. The litigation is now in the hands of the Trump administration and the House.

January 13, 2017

Obamacare, Trumpcare, And Your Mouth

Though the ACA reinforced the status quo approach of maintaining separate medical and dental care financing and delivery systems, there have been some interesting lessons worth highlighting.

January 13, 2017

What Could President Trump Do Through Executive Order To Dismantle The ACA?

Vice-President-elect Pence stated, “We’re working now on a series of executive orders” to unwind the ACA in an orderly fashion “even as Congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacements for ObamaCare.” What can the executive do to unwind a law without congressional action?

January 12, 2017

ACA Round-Up: Enrollment Report, Repeal Efforts, And More (Updated)

Over 11.5 million individuals either selected ACA Marketplace plans or were auto-reenrolled through December 24, 2016. The budget reconciliation process to replace Obamacare is underway, although President-elect Trump said today that repeal and replace would take place “essentially simultaneously.”

January 11, 2017

Get Health Insurance Through Your Employer? ACA Repeal Will Affect You, Too

Job-based plans offered to employees and their families cover 150 million people in the United States. If the ACA is repealed, they stand to lose critical consumer protections that many have come to expect of their employer plan.

January 11, 2017

ACA ‘Repeal And Delay’ Would Leave A Narrow Window To Stabilize Exchanges

This post describes the deadlines facing health plans as they make decisions about whether to continue participating in the Exchanges in 2018. We then offer options that Congress and the executive branch could use to stabilize the Exchanges and encourage continued health plan participation.

January 11, 2017

To Get Dems On Board With ACA Replacement, Republicans Should Take Medicare Off The Table

With two relatively straightforward acknowledgements, Republicans could create a pathway for bipartisan reconsideration of health care coverage in America.

January 10, 2017