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House GOP to vote on suspending employer mandate this week

House GOP to vote on suspending employer mandate this week

By Susannah Luthi  |  September 11, 2018

The House GOP's proposal would relax Obamacare's provisions for employers, from the employer mandate to the 30-hour definition for full-time work. But it's unlikely that the Senate will pick up the $58 billion legislation.

Can lawmakers convince hospitals to support Medicaid buy-in?

Can lawmakers convince hospitals to support Medicaid buy-in?

By Susannah Luthi  |  August 23, 2018

Is Medicaid buy-in the Democratic Party's coverage-expansion alternative to "Medicare for all"? Advocates are making the policy case to states but have to convince hospitals, which are always wary of potential payment cuts.

Four cities sue Trump administration over ACA rollback

Four cities sue Trump administration over ACA rollback

By Susannah Luthi  |  August 02, 2018

Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus and Cincinnati sued the Trump administration over its regulatory dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, claiming that federal actions are already overtaxing their health departments.

Libertarian think tank: Providers would pay for Medicare for All

Libertarian think tank: Providers would pay for Medicare for All

By Susannah Luthi  |  July 30, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan would put the brunt of the proposal's costs on provider cuts. It would save the U.S. at large more than $2 trillion over a decade, but would cost the feds nearly $33 trillion more than the current system.

Hospitals are flirting with Medicare for All

Hospitals are flirting with Medicare for All

By Susannah Luthi  |  July 19, 2018

House Democrats launched a Medicare for All caucus and its founder says some hospital leaders have been cautiously supportive behind closed doors.

Mississippi revamps Medicaid work requirement request

Mississippi revamps Medicaid work requirement request

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 05, 2018

Mississippi overhauled its request to impose work requirements on Medicaid enrollees in an attempt to address federal concerns about coverage losses. The new proposal contains a coverage safety net to protect beneficiaries as they gradually earn more money.

Justice Department won't defend Obamacare in GOP states' lawsuit

Justice Department won't defend Obamacare in GOP states' lawsuit

By Erica Teichert  |  June 07, 2018

Although the Justice Department stopped short of asking a federal judge to overturn the ACA, the agency echoed the core arguments of the Republican state attorneys general: that the ACA can't stand without the individual mandate's tax penalty.

Primary season: Democrats' next healthcare ideas go to the polls

Primary season: Democrats' next healthcare ideas go to the polls

By Susannah Luthi  |  June 04, 2018

Iowa Democrats in a rural, Republican-leaning congressional district take to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on the party's warring healthcare proposals: allowing the public to buy into Medicare or providing healthcare for all Americans.

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