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How Illinois hustled to protect Obamacare from Trump

How Illinois hustled to protect Obamacare from Trump

By Kristen Schorsch  |  October 18, 2017

Even before President Donald Trump announced plans last week to nix Obamacare subsidies, the Illinois Department of Insurance raced over the summer to get insurers on board with a strategy to minimize the financial pain of such a move.

Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

By Harris Meyer  |  October 17, 2017

Two key senators have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for two years in exchange for greater state flexibility on insurance market rules. While the proposal has industry support, it's unclear whether it can clear Congress.

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 17, 2017

Rep. Tom Marino will no longer be considered to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. His decision comes just days after news reports revealed he played a critical role in passing legislation that weakened federal authority to control opioid distribution.

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 14, 2017

President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order to exempt health plans offered by trade and professional associations from the same coverage requirements as those offered by small businesses and on the individual market. Many fear such a move would drive up premiums for other plans.

Trump cutting off subsidy payments poses tough decisions for insurers

Trump cutting off subsidy payments poses tough decisions for insurers

By Harris Meyer  |  October 13, 2017

President Donald Trump's decision Thursday to end federal cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers puts the spotlight on Republican and Democratic senators who are trying to craft a bill to fund those payments and stabilize the individual insurance market.

CMS agrees with complaints about MACRA

CMS agrees with complaints about MACRA

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 13, 2017

A top CMS official agrees with an influential congressional advisory group that suggests a new Medicare pay model meant to encourage doctors to improve the quality of patient care needs work and plans to turn to industry stakeholders to help modify the initiative.

Trump to end cost sharing subsidies

Trump to end cost sharing subsidies

By Associated Press  |  October 13, 2017

In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act.

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