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Organizations representing hospitals and specialties reacted negatively to an estimate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement passed by House Republicans would result in 23 million fewer people having insurance by 2026.

The Congressional Budget Office has released its updated report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement passed by House Republicans would still erase the recent gains in insurance coverage and potentially price less healthy enrollees out of the individual market.

The full fiscal year 2018 budget proposal for HHS would include deep cuts to Medicaid, while making immediate cuts to National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and almost all HHS agencies. 

The proposed single-payer healthcare system being debated in California would come with a $400 billion annual price tag—more than double the state’s annual budget—according to a review released by the California Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Trump administration has asked for a 90-day delay on a ruling which could end Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies to insurers, pushing back a potentially market-destabilizing move but offering little assurance to actuaries working on 2018 rate requests for the ACA exchanges.

 

Recent Headlines

5 things hospitals, insurers should know about Republicans' ACA replacement

House Republicans have released the full text of the long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Titled the “American Health Care Act (AHCA),” the bill would eliminate the ACA’s mandate for individuals to buy insurance and roll back the expansion of Medicaid, while restoring disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.

ACA replacement plan expected to be detailed this week

A legislative aide, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said there have been a series of phone calls finalizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan involving Speaker Paul Ryan, HHS Secretary Tom Price, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s domestic policy adviser Andrew Bremberg and others.

ACA’s future hot topic at HIMSS 2017—but HIMSS itself doesn’t take a stance

Many panels at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando included references to the ongoing policy debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how that’s affecting all corners of the industry. For HIMSS itself, however, it feels health IT is better off staying out of much of the discussion.

No more meaningful use? MedPAC floats idea in MACRA discussion

Physicians wouldn’t be measured on meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under a proposal floated by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

HIMSS 2017: Ex-HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt predicts ‘less disruptive’ ACA repeal, survival of CMMI

The era of President Donald Trump in healthcare policy may not go as predicted, either for Republicans in Congress or Democrats critical of his pick for HHS Secretary, according to the last Republican who ran the agency, Mike Leavitt.

Medical malpractice legislation advancing in Congress

The House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would cap punitive damages in medical malpractice cases at $250,000 when it involves patients covered under Medicare, Medicaid, veterans or military health plans or plans on Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.

The impact of Trump’s 5-point healthcare proposal

President Donald Trump didn’t advocate for a specific piece of legislation on healthcare in his Feb. 28 joint address to Congress, but he did outline several parts of plan similar to what House Republican leaders have already proposed.

HIMSS 2017: Q&A with CEO of Physicians for Fair Coverage on why doctors favor limiting ‘surprise’ bills

At the state level, one of the hottest policy topics discussed at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando was legislation on so-called “surprise” medical bills incurred when a patient unexpectedly receives care from an out-of-network physician.

ACA repeal plan leaks, but Trump may offer different version in speech to Congress

President Donald Trump is expected to lay out some details on his favored plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while parts of the House Republicans’ newest proposal leaked out, revealing it would eliminate subsidies for buying insurance and the expansion of Medicaid.

CMS issues extension to non-ACA compliant plans

New guidance on insurance standards were issued Feb. 23 by CMS that give another extension to health plans that are non-compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the fourth extension of its kind.

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