Health Insurance Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Insurance issues in connection with the Affordable Care Act.
President Trump released his proposed FY21 budget last year and it is remarkable for the ferocity with which it attacks Medicare and Medicaid.
President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address last Tuesday, in which he pledged to guarantee coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions, protect Medicare, and sign legislation to dramatically “lower prescription prices.”
The Trump Administration unveiled its newest version of Medicaid block grants last Thursday –a proposal it calls “Healthy Adult Opportunity.”
The U.S. Supreme Court will not undertake an expedited review of the Affordable Care Act.
MHA joined 32 other state hospital associations last Wednesday in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the ACA.
The Supreme Court gave the Trump Administration and other parties opposing the ACA a quick timeline to file briefs.
Now that 2020 is here, the healthcare regulatory and legislative mechanisms are operating quickly.
Legal observers are predicting that the case that has been bounced back to Texas will eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The $1.4 trillion spending deal that the House and Senate approved and that the president was expected to sign last Friday delays scheduled cuts to disproportionate share hospitals through May 22, 2020.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) weighed in, to a limited extent, on the five-star hospital rating system.
A new study from the Urban Institute and Commonwealth Fund outlines other ways to boost coverage and potentially lower costs.
Last Tuesday, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals located in New Orleans heard oral arguments on whether to let stand a U.S. District Court decision last December that struck down the entire Affordable Care Act.
Described as a fierce defender of Medicare and Medicaid and a person dedicated to the hard and detailed work on arcane healthcare policy issues, U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D) was presented with MHA’s 2019 Health & Hospital Hero Award last Thur
The U.S. House held its first ever “Medicare for All” hearing on April 30 before the House Rules Committee, chaired by Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern (D).
The Trump Administration on May 1 argued in a federal court brief that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be struck down.
Scrapping the entire current healthcare system and replacing it with a “Medicare for All” plan would cause more harm than good, MHA President & CEO Steve Walsh said last week.
House Democrats introduced a series of bills to strengthen the ACA and expand its reach.
The Trump administration last week asked a U.S. Appeals Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act.
The Trump Administration released its budget blueprint for federal fiscal year 2020 last week and, by any measure, it does not contain good news for Medicaid, Medicare, hospitals, or coverage expansion.
One item that stood out in the HPC’s meeting last week was the ever-increasing price of insulin.

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