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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.

Two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed an Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan, the bill hasn’t been sent to the Senate because potential procedural problems may force the House to amend the legislation and then vote on it again.

 

Recent Headlines

CMS will allocate $100 million to train small practices

Last week, CMS awarded approximately $100 million to 11 organizations to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program in practices of 15 or fewer clinicians, according to a statement from CMS.

Republicans policy brief offers few new details on ACA replacement

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised a new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is coming after the Presidents Day recess in Congress, but there are still disagreements between House Republicans on several key points of their own legislation.

5 things to know from questioning of Trump’s CMS nominee

Seema Verma, MPH, President Donald Trump’s pick to run CMS, faced questions about mandatory payment models, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and providers’ ability to take on risk-based arrangements in her confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

First Trump-era CMS rule seeks to keep insurers on ACA exchanges

The administration of President Donald Trump has issued its first proposed rule regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges, offering what health policy experts call “insurer-friendly” changes to keep companies from raising premiums or exiting the marketplace.

Risk corridor ruling could lead to $2.8 billion payout for insurers

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Oregon health insurer Moda Health in its lawsuit against the federal government over unpaid risk corridor payments included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decision could open the floodgates for new insurer lawsuits to recoup some of the billions of dollars owed under the program. 

CNN healthcare debate centers on ACA repeal vs. single-payer system

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, put their widely different takes on healthcare on display in an Affordable Care Act (ACA)-focused debate on CNN.

An ACA appeal would be a serious threat to value-based care

The surprise of Donald Trump’s presidential victory was not lost on healthcare leaders, even during a busy RSNA 2016 in Chicago. 

Trump on ACA repeal: 'Maybe it'll take until some time into next year'

President Donald Trump pushed back the timeline for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying it could take until 2018 and calling the process “very complicated” in a Feb. 5 interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.

2017 Healthcare.gov enrollment down after ads pulled in final week

CMS said 9.2 million people signed up for health coverage through the federal Healthcare.gov site during the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31, down from 9.6 million reported to have signed up last year. 

Trump’s HHS nominee advanced after Republicans change committee rules

A day after Senate Democrats boycotted a confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s nominee for HHS Secretary, the Senate Finance Committee move the nomination to the full Senate anyway by suspending the typical committee procedures. 

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