Healthcare Reform and the ACA News

 
 
  • Republican Health Bill Stirs Fear in Opioid-wracked West Virginia Debra Bright said she battled for years with mental illness and addiction to pain pills and other drugs that were all too easy to find where she lives in West Virginia, one of the states hardest hit by the country's opiate epidemic.
  • How One U.S. State Is Leading the Charge to Dismantle Obamacare For nearly three years, Democrats and former President Barack Obama pointed to Kentucky as one of the Affordable Care Act’s biggest success stories.
  • Softening His Approach, Trump Helps Seal a Healthcare Deal U.S. President Donald Trump, on his third try at overhauling Obamacare, sent no tweets attacking fellow Republicans, set no deadlines and issued no public ultimatums. Lawmakers who met with him said he spoke with them, not at them.
  • HM Hospitalists on Healthcare: 'Politicians Can't Fix This' The only fix for the system is lowering costs, and only providers can do that, speakers at the hospital medicine meeting explained as they discussed the uncertain future of American healthcare.
  • U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Fund Government Through September The U.S. Senate on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a $1.2 trillion spending bill to keep the government open through September, a measure President Donald Trump is expected to sign before Friday's deadline.
  • Alert House Passes ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill A last-minute amendment revived the once-moribund bill, which now faces tough going in the Senate.
  • Republicans Still Short of Votes to Pass Healthcare Overhaul Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday they were closer to agreeing on a reworked bill to overhaul the nation's healthcare system but still lacked the votes to pass it, as President Donald Trump pressed lawmakers for a vote.
  • 5 Ways GOP Healthcare Bill Tug-of-War May Play Out The House may pass its bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans' pathway to fulfilling their seven-year effort to undo the federal health law is getting narrower by the day.
  • Half of Physicians Get Industry Pay; Men, Surgeons Favored A new report on Open Payments data breaks down industry payments by physician sex and specialty and category of benefit. Nearly half of physicians together received $2.4 billion.
  • NIH and War on Opioid Abuse Fare Well in Spending Bill The NIH would get a $2 billion raise in a spending bill that funds the government through September. Lawmakers also put their money where their mouth is on battling the opioid epidemic.
  • Medicaid Expansion Did Not Pull From Private Insurance People signing up for Medicaid would otherwise have been uninsured, new research has found. A related study found that expansion did not reduce access to care for those already insured.
  • California Asks Insurers to Double Up on Rate Filings Health insurers seeking regulatory approval for 2018 individual insurance plans can file two sets of premium rates as a way to deal with market uncertainty created by Republicans' promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, a California state insurance regulator said on Friday.
  • U.S. Appeals Court Blocks Anthem Bid to Merge With Rival Cigna A U.S. appeals court on Friday blocked health insurer Anthem Inc's bid to merge with Cigna, upholding a lower court's decision that the $54 billion deal should not be allowed because it would lead to higher prices for healthcare.
  • White House Expects Vote on Healthcare Bill This Week Top White House officials said on Monday they expect the U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week to pass the Republicans' latest plan to reform the nation's healthcare system, even as the party's lawmakers still appeared divided over the measure.
  • CMS Finally Notifies Physicians About MIPS Requirement Practices will soon receive notices if their clinicians must meet the criteria for Medicare's new payment system.
  • Insurer Molina May Drop Obamacare Members in 2017 Insurer Molina Healthcare Inc on Thursday said that if the U.S. government does not make promised cost-sharing subsidy payments for Obamacare individual insurance plans, it will drop 650,000 to 700,000 members this year and leave the program in 2018.
  • Pre-ACA, Preexisting Conditions Long Vexed States and Insurers Before the ACA, states had differing approaches to handling preexisting conditions.
  • No Vote on Healthcare Bill This Week in U.S. House U.S. House leaders have decided against holding a vote on a reworked healthcare system overhaul this week after failing to find the necessary support, congressional aides said on Thursday.
  • Anthem Moving Ahead on 2018 Obamacare Insurance Plans Anthem Inc, which has 1.1 million customers in individual Obamacare plans, said it is moving ahead with its 2018 insurance filings but telling state regulators that it could increase premiums sharply and exit some markets.
  • Medicaid Coverage as Good as Private Insurance, Survey Shows New survey shows that Medicaid enrollees are as likely to have a regular source of care and to be satisfied with their care as the privately insured.