Health Insurance Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Insurance issues in connection with the Affordable Care Act.
The Department of Labor last week released a final rule that allows for the expansion of Association Health Plans.
A federal proposed rule to allow short-term, limited-duration insurance could expose individuals to higher healthcare costs.
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.
Last Monday, the Trump Administration released its FY2019 budget proposal.
A new healthcare policy/advocacy group – United States of Care – launched last week.
In Washington, the Senate returned last week and the House follows this week.
SB1174, HB1181/SB1183, SB1269, HB1136, HB1137, HB1207, HB3250, SB1248, SB1270, HB1175, HB1197, SB1230, HB2441, HB2477, HB3514, SB1212, SB1234 Healthcare Facilities
Tim Gens, who has provided the intellectual and compassionate foundation for MHA’s strategy and policy efforts for 23 years, announced he will leave the association, effective Dec. 31.
The House and Senate tax bills now moving to conference committee each contain provisions that are of concern to hospitals.
Last Thursday CMS cancelled two mandatory bundled payment models – relating to hip fracture and cardiac care – that were scheduled to begin on January 1.
The U.S. House passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill last Thursday while the U.S. Senate continued work on its own tax cut proposal.
The Massachusetts House and Senate last Tuesday both passed the ACCESS bill that guarantees women access to preventive healthcare, including contraception coverage, without co-pays. The bill now awaits Governor Baker’s signature.
The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
SB566 An Act Relative to an Affordable Health Plan
HB2183, HB495, HB2157/SB565, SB595, HB538 Health and Dental Insurance Matters
A key Senate Republican, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) worked this week to show President Donald Trump that the bill Alexander crafted with Democrat Patty Murray (D-Wash.) helps consumers – not insurers – by funding cost-sharing reductions (CSR).
Fulfilling a campaign promise, but angering a wide swath of hospitals, physicians, healthcare insurers, patient advocacy groups, and other interests with an interest in practical healthcare policy, President Donald Trump this week issued two decision
Two big priorities for the Massachusetts healthcare community – preserving the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stalling Medicaid cuts to disproportionate share hospitals – were helped this week by Congressional action.
Republican Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Ranking Democrat Patty Murray (Wash.) were investigating ways to fund the cost-sharing subsidies that help lower-income people afford co-pays and deductibles on health plans they buy through insurance e

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: