While Republican leaders in Idaho and other states look to allow insurers to offer leaner, health risk-related plans to make coverage more affordable, they have failed to take another path that could help bring down premiums while maintaining benefits and protections.
American health policy is stuck in a deep political rut. Now a bipartisan group of prominent healthcare, political and not-for-profit leaders have come together to try to build a public consensus for how to reform the system.
While many healthcare industry groups are unhappy about the Republican tax cut bill, primary-care physicians and dentists in independent practices may be smiling because they could see sharply lower personal taxes.
Congressional Republicans are still actively trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, most recently folding repeal of the individual mandate into the tax reform bill. Instead of "repeal and replace," the strategy appears to be "co-opt and confuse."
'Tis the season of miracles. A year that began with lumps of coal for the healthcare industry ends with Christmas presents wrapped in ribbons of cautious optimism.
Health systems are under increasing pressure to reduce their costs. While many leaders often look to variable costs like labor and supplies, few are honing in on clinical assets like medical equipment, which have a huge impact on cost, quality and patient satisfaction. For example, a health system...
The settlement, if approved by the federal appeals court, would allow the state attorneys general to continue their fight to resurrect the cost-sharing subsidies for insurers.
Loss of the individual mandate, loosened regulation of short-term plans feared by healthcare industry
The tax bill's repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate combined with the expansion of short-term health plans could deliver a severe blow to the ACA-regulated individual market serving nearly 20 million Americans.
Uncertainty marks the end-of-year negotiations to authorize CHIP, Medicare extenders; insurers anticipate repeal of certain ACA taxes.
Establishing an alternative continuous coverage mechanism could soften the coverage losses from repealing the ACA's individual mandate as part of the GOP tax cut bill. But so far politics has gotten in the way of considering that.
Wisconsin's Ron Johnson became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders as the House passed its similar tax package.
Senate Republicans have a good chance of passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of their tax cut legislation, even though healthcare industry groups are lobbying hard against it, political observers say.