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Senate Republicans Unveil ACA Repeal Bill

June 23, 2017, 12:49 pm

The New York Times  (6/22, Pear, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, Senate Republicans “took a major step” towards their goal of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act by “unveiling a bill to cut Medicaid deeply and end the health law’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance.” The measure “would create a […]

Anthem Ends Pursuit Of Cigna

May 15, 2017, 1:10 pm

The Wall Street Journal  (5/12, Mathews, Kendall, Subscription Publication) reported Anthem Inc. said Friday it would give up attempts to acquire Cigna Health, which the Journal said sets the stage for a potentially rancorous legal battle over damages that could number in the billions of dollars. Anthem continues to assert that Cigna sabotaged the merger, […]

House Passes American Health Care Act

May 15, 2017, 1:08 pm

On its front page, the New York Times  (5/4, A1, Kaplan, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, the House “narrowly approved” the American Health Care Act by a vote of 217-213, “as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering their promise to reshape American health care without mandated […]

House GOP Leaders Unveil ACA Replacement Legislation.

March 7, 2017, 2:12 pm

USA Today  (3/6, Groppe) reports, “House Republicans released draft legislation Monday to replace” the Affordable Care Act, “proposing to phase out the” ACA’s “Medicaid expansion and change the law’s subsidies for private insurance.” The draft legislation does not indicate “how many people would have coverage compared with” the ACA, although “federal support would be reduced […]

Congress Clears Path for ACA

January 30, 2017, 9:06 pm

On Jan. 13, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution for fiscal year 2017 to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The budget resolution—which was approved by the U.S. Senate on the preceding day—does not, itself, repeal the ACA. However, any budget reconciliation bill drafted as a result […]

Trump Signs Executive Order On The ACA

January 30, 2017, 9:03 pm

On Jan. 20, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as his first act as president. The order states that it is intended to “to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the ACA until the law can be repealed and eventually replaced. The executive order broadly […]

Insurers Expected To Raise 2017 Premiums Significantly

June 13, 2016, 1:51 pm

The AP  (6/12, Alonso-Zaldivar, Murphy) reports that healthcare insurance premiums are expected to increase next year “because major insurers have taken significant financial losses” under the Affordable Care Act due to lower than expected enrollment, new customers requiring more care than anticipated, “and a government system to stabilize the markets had problems.” The article says […]

UnitedHealth To Exit Most ACA Exchange Markets In 2017

April 20, 2016, 1:28 pm

On Tuesday, UnitedHealth Group’s announcement that it will limit its participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges to just “a handful of states” starting in 2017 received extensive media coverage, including television and print. The company cited growing losses in this market, and while most outlets acknowledge that this move will reduce competition in certain areas, […]

HHS: Fears Of Double-Digit Premium Hikes For ACA Plans Not Borne Out.

April 13, 2016, 6:09 pm

  The Hill  (4/12, Sullivan) reports that on Tuesday, HHS released data which show Affordable Care Act premiums increased less than anticipated last year, contradicting warnings of greater price hikes. Figures indicate ACA premiums increased by “8 percent on average – from $356 a month to $386 a month – from 2015 to 2016,” and […]

Insurer warnings cast doubt on ACA exchange future

March 2, 2016, 3:27 pm

Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law Health insurance exchanges created to help millions of people find coverage are turning into money-losing ventures for many insurers. The nation’s largest, UnitedHealth Group Inc., could lose as much as $475 million […]



Senate Republicans Unveil ACA Repeal Bill

2017-06-23

The New York Times  (6/22, Pear, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, Senate Republicans “took a major step” towards their goal of repealing and ...

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Anthem Ends Pursuit Of Cigna

2017-05-15

The Wall Street Journal  (5/12, Mathews, Kendall, Subscription Publication) reported Anthem Inc. said Friday it would give up attempts to acquire Cigna Health, which the ...

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House Passes American Health Care Act

2017-05-15

On its front page, the New York Times  (5/4, A1, Kaplan, Pear, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, the House “narrowly approved” the American Health Care Act ...

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