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?

January 19, 2017

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.

January 19, 2017

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.

January 18, 2017

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

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

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