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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released reports on two Republican proposals regarding the Affordable Care Act: One which would repeal much of the law while delaying some of those effects for two years and another which replaces it with the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

Enrollment in the individual market would increase while premiums would decrease under Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, controversial “Consumer Freedom” amendment, according to an HHS analysis obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Senate Republicans' latest Affordable Care Act replacement plan was introduced on July 13. Four days later, it was declared dead, as four Republican senators had publicly announced they wouldn’t support even holding a vote on the legislation.

Whenever Republicans in the House or Senate have released a new version of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan in 2017, healthcare industry reaction has been almost uniformly negative. The same can largely be said for the newest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), with the notable exception of the American Medical Association (AMA) when it comes to two provisions. 

Senate Republicans have released a new version of their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan, adding new funding for stabilizing the individual market and keeping more of the ACA’s taxes, while also including a controversial proposal to allow insurance plans which don’t comply with ACA regulations on benefits and community rating.

 

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5 things to know about the final ACA marketplace rule for 2018

CMS has issued its final rule aimed at stabilizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges, checking many items off insurers’ wish lists while leaving the most pressing issue—whether cost-sharing reduction subsidies will be funded—unsettled as insurers decided whether to participate in the individual market next year.

ACA critic, Minnesota health economist Stephen Parente appointed to leadership post at HHS

Stephen Parente, PhD, MPH, MS, brings a long resume as a health economist and policy expert. He’s spent the last 17 years at the University of Minnesota, currently holding the title of Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance in the Carlson School of Management and director of the school’s Medical Industry Leadership Institute.

Florida hospitals asked to detail executive pay info to lawmakers

The Florida House of Representatives is asking the state’s hospitals for “extensive financial data,” according to the Tampa Bay Times, as the chamber considers a state budget with nearly $600 million in cuts affecting those facilities. 

Without subsidies, insurers would need 19% premium hike for ACA plans

The average monthly premium for a benchmark silver-level plan on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace would need to be increased by 19 percent to compensate for lost cost-sharing subsides if the program isn’t funded by the Republican-controlled Congress for 2018.

Hospitals’ policy priorities beyond ACA repeal

While the debate over repealing, replacing or repairing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is dominating discussion of healthcare policy in Washington these days, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has several other items on its advocacy agenda for 2017. 

Poll: Trump should ‘do what he can’ to make ACA work

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll found the majority of Americans—including a slim majority of Republicans—feel that after the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the administration of President Donald Trump should do what it can to make the Affordable Care Act (ACA) work.

ACA subsidies could go to off-exchange insurers under Republican legislation

If a county finds itself with no participating insurers in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in 2018, customers would be allowed to use federal subsidies on insurance outside that marketplace under a bill introduced by Tennessee’s two Republican Senators. 

AHA: Next healthcare bill may be attached to CHIP renewal in October

Debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) often revolves around three Rs: repeal, replace and repair. American Hospital Association (AHA) President and CEO Rick Pollack thinks after the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), two more can be added: Republican and revolt.

Healthcare industry welcomes decision to yank ACA replacement bill

Groups representing physicians, family medicine and hospitals were pleased to see the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), tabled before a scheduled House vote on March 24—even though it left plenty of uncertainty for insurance markets.

ACA replacement bill pulled before House vote

In a victory for the major medical organizations opposed to it, a scheduled vote in the House on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was called off as Republican leaders failed to convince enough of their own members to support the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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