New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Plans To Sign Bill Enshrining Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Republican Governor Chris Sununu’s announcement came on the same day that lawyers in a federal case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act hold oral arguments. New Hampshire Public Radio: Sununu To Sign Bill To Protect Health Coverage For Those […]

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New Hampshire Pumps Brakes On Medicaid Work Requirements After 17,000 Found To Be Non-Compliant In First Month

Gov. Chris Sununu is delaying the penalties tied into the legislation for 120 days as the state continues its outreach efforts to make people aware of the requirements. “Making sure we get this right is just absolutely paramount,” said Sununu. […]

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Rollout Of New Complex Medicaid Plan In Nebraska Keeps Many From Getting Medical Care, Advocates Say

“They’re grudgingly implementing the policy — and I think ‘grudgingly’ is the operative word,” said state Sen. John McCollister. News on Medicaid is also from Georgia. The Associated Press: Nebraska Slowly Rolls Out Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion Marti Poll knows she should […]

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Revised Number Of Poor Elderly Or Disabled Georgians About To Be Dropped From Medicaid Climbs To 30,000

Lawyers for patients who are fighting the cutoff are skeptical that renewal notices really went out to 99% of the people as state officials said. Medicaid news comes out of Oklahoma and Montana, as well. Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 13,000 More Georgians […]

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South Carolina Applies For Medicaid Work Requirements Waiver Despite Other States’ Ongoing Court Battles

Both Arkansas’ and Kentucky’s work requirements have been blocked by federal judges. But unlike those states, South Carolina won’t completely end Medicaid benefits for people who don’t comply. Other Medicaid news comes out of New Hampshire and Vermont. The Hill: […]

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Even If ‘Medicare For All’ Beats The Long Political Odds Stacked Against It, The Legal Battles Beyond Might Kill It

“I can imagine a situation like the ACA with folks who are ideologically opposed suing just because they don’t want to go into this system — in addition to industry groups,” said Katie Keith, a law professor and researcher with […]

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Hundreds Of Doctors, Nurses And Other ‘Medicare For All’ Advocates Rally In Front Of American Medical Association Meeting

The American Medical Association has not publicly gotten on board with “Medicare for All” plans. “The AMA is violating one of its most ethical principles: ‘Do No Harm,’ by being on the wrong side of history,” said Talisa Hardin of […]

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California Legislature Agrees To Expand Medicaid To Undocumented Young Adults, But Stops Short Of Including Seniors

The decision to offer Medicaid to all young adults under 26 regardless of immigration status is another step toward universal coverage for California. But the deal falls short of what some advocates had hoped for. The Associated Press: California OKs […]

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More States Eye Public Options–But What Exactly Does That Mean? The Term Is Hard To Define

In general, when policymakers use the term “public option,” they mean a health plan with significant government control. But public option is a “squishy term,” said JoAnn Volk, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. “It […]

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Are The Days Of Eye-Popping Rate Hikes Over? Health Law Premium Increases Fairly Moderate For 2020

The first batch of proposed 2020 rate filings are in from insurers. The sampling indicates to experts that the marketplace is stabilizing. One big reason why: Insurers are now making lots of money on their Obamacare customers — the vast […]

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California Governor, Lawmakers At Odds Over Prediction Feds Will Approve Tax On Managed Care Organizations

California Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t include the tax, which helps offset the state’s Medicaid costs, in his budget because it requires approval from the Trump administration. Lawmakers were more optimistic, pointing out that the federal government has already approved a […]

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White House Forges Ahead With Public Charge Rules Following Complaints DHS Was Slow-Walking Process

The Trump administration has sought to impose tougher requirements on legal immigrants using public assistance programs, a move that advocates say will have a chilling factor on vulnerable migrants — and potentially their sponsors — who would otherwise seek health […]

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Costs Will Most Likely Take Center Stage At Second Hearing For ‘Medicare For All’

For the next congressional hearing on single-payer plans, the House Budget Committee has only summoned CBO analysts to testify. Modern Healthcare: 5 Things To Look For In Second House Medicare For All HearingMedicare for All is back in Congress for […]

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Louisiana Lawmakers Propose Expanding Medicaid Program To Help Families Of Children With Disabilities

The expanded coverage would cost an estimated $14 million in the upcoming budget year. The House voted 98-0 for the proposal Monday, sending it to the Senate. Other news on Medicaid comes from New Hampshire and Connecticut, as well. The […]

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California Governor, Legislature Headed For Showdown Over Coverage For Undocumented Immigrants

California lawmakers want to expand coverage to everyone in the state, regardless of immigration status, but Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) says that expanding Medi-Cal to all adults over 25, who typically have higher health care costs than the young, could […]

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Wash. Governor Says State Is Leading Nation To Brighter Future With Public Option, But It’s Not Yet Clear How Much Patients Will Save

Even sponsors of the legislation acknowledge the state plans may save consumers only 5-10% on their premiums. Other news on insurance markets in the states comes from North Carolina, Georgia and Houston. NPR: Washington State To Create ‘Public Option’ Health […]

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House Democrats Foreshadow Possible Subpoena With Letters To Barr About DOJ’s Decision Not To Defend Health Law

In letters to Attorney General William Barr and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, five House chairmen say they’ve been asking since April 8 for documents connected to the decision to stop defending the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, as […]

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Newsom Changes Course On Plan To Pay For Immigrant Health Coverage

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration Friday reversed course on his plan to divert public health dollars from several counties to help provide health coverage to young adults who are in […]

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All That Political Uncertainty Over The Health Law Gave Insurers Some Of Their Best Financial Annual Performances Yet

Last year stood as the best financially for insurers in the individual market since 2011, with monthly average individual market gross margins per member more than doubling from $78 in 2017 to $167 in 2018. In other health industry news: […]

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Candidates Should ‘Be Honest’ With Voters About Harsh Realities Of ‘Medicare For All,’ 2020 Hopeful Sen. Bennet Says

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) says his opponents need to tell Americans the truth about the negative sides of “Medicare for All.” Bennet and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) rolled out their “Medicare X” plan last month that would allow for a […]

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Tennessee To Seek Controversial Medicaid Block Grant Waiver In Move That Will Test How Far CMS Is Willing To Go

The Trump administration has been studying whether it legally can allow states this leeway, and Democratic lawmakers have vowed to fight block grants if CMS approves them. Critics say that shifting to block grants would leave states with little option […]

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State Highlights: Illinois Lawmakers Examine Bill That Prevents Steep ACA Price Hikes; California Police Back Measure To Prevent Fatal Shootings

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Kansas and Texas. Chicago Tribune: As Health Insurance Prices Soared, ‘The State Was Powerless To Stop It.’ The House Just Passed A Bill To Change That. In recent years, many Illinois […]

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