Health Insurance Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Insurance issues in connection with the 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.
The Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
The 2018 Cost Trends Report from the Health Policy Commission released last month showed the persistent growth in prescription drug spending over the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark.
In a letter to Congressional leadership last week, a group of hospital associations, including the American Hospital Association, noted that the ACA coverage goals have not been fully achieved – but that DSH cuts remain.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.
In a letter to CMS last week, MHA urged the federal agency to reconsider rules regarding how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) direct payments to providers.
The new 116th Congress was sworn in last Thursday and its leadership contains some Massachusetts members.
The new Democratic House was expected to pass a rules package that includes a provision allowing it to intervene in a federal lawsuit that is challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
State Attorney Generals across the U.S. will be working through the Christmas holiday preparing expedited briefs supporting the Affordable Care Act.
Now that Democrats have regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal (D) will become chairman of the powerful Ways & Means Committee.
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Nearly a dozen Republican senators introduced legislation to bar health insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions.
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

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: