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Election Shifts Health-Care Landscape Across the U.S.

The midterm elections abruptly shifted the health-care landscape across the country, resulting in a divided Congress that could mean most changes unfold on the state level. The split between red and blue states means that statehouses will continue to pursue opposite directions in health care. Voters approved Democratic-backed ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid in three states—Idaho, Utah and Nebraska—while rejecting a similar proposal in Montana.

Rescinding Obama-Era Guidance on ACA Waivers Invites States Back to the Reform Table

HHS recently announced new guidance to states looking to improve their health care and health insurance systems through state innovation waivers. The new guidance gives states significantly more flexibility to devise creative solutions to meet the health care and insurance needs of their constituents and it builds upon new community engagement waivers that made Medicaid more flexible for states earlier this year.

CMS Will Tweak, Not Overhaul, Medicaid Managed Care

A new proposed rule would give states new flexibility in setting rates for their managed care plans and ensuring insurance companies have adequate provider networks. "Today's action fulfills one of my earliest commitments to reset and restore the federal-state relationship, while at the same time modernizing the program to deliver better outcomes for the people we serve," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.

New Health Options for Small-Business Employees

The administration is proposing a regulation that would create a new way for employers to provide health coverage for employees. This proposal would give millions of workers and their families more control over their health care. It also holds the promise of more-efficient health-care spending, expanded business growth, and higher wages.

As Utahns Consider Proposition 3, They Would Do Well to Consider What Happened in Kentucky

Medicaid expansion in Kentucky made it harder for Medicaid’s core users to get the care they needed, and harder to reduce waiting lists of children with developmental disabilities who need critical therapeutic services.

Administrative Actions

Exclusive Data On Thousands of New Short-Term Plans Now Available At A Fraction Of The Cost

Uninsured individuals, people between jobs, recent graduates, and new retirees, among others, now have access...

CMS Will Tweak, Not Overhaul, Medicaid Managed Care

A new proposed rule would give states new flexibility in setting rates for their managed...

Trump Surrenders to the Socialists on Drug Price Controls

Late last week, President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a...

HHS to Move Forward with Long-Delayed 340B Ceiling Price Rule

HHS wants to cancel its plans to postpone imposing new ceiling prices for the 340B...

How An Obscure Regulatory Change Could Transform American Health Insurance

Between the election campaign and incidents of terrorism ranging from attempted bombings to a synagogue...

Need for Reform

Americans Are in the Dark About Accessing Healthcare Coverage

The its 2019 State of Healthcare and Politics Report from insuranceQuotes.com unveils Americans’ knowledge, views and predictions...

Obamacare-Inflated Health Costs Are Sucking Away Tax Reform’s Success For Families

Despite good economic news, the high costs of health care remain the most pressing and...

When Does the ‘Affordable’ in the Affordable Care Act Kick In?

It’s a good thing Democrats made health insurance “affordable” when they passed the Patient Protection...

First, Do No Harm (to ObamaCare)

By the narrowest of margins, the U.S. Senate rejected legislation Wednesday that would have subjected...

Employer-Provided Health Insurance Approaches $20,000 a Year

The average cost of employer health coverage offered to workers rose to nearly $20,000 for...

Of Interest

Exclusive Poll: What Voters Want from “Medicare for All”

Many Democrats have embraced “Medicare for All,” but there’s a big variation in the policies...

U.K.’s Healthcare Horror Stories Ought To Curb Dems’ Enthusiasm for Single-Payer

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service, which celebrated its 70th anniversary on July 5, is...

A First for Obamacare Open Enrollment — Some Stability as More Insurers Rejoin Network

President Trump’s administration says on average prices for 2019 are 1.5% lower than they were...

There Is Operatively No Difference Between Republicans and Democrats on Pre-Existing Conditions

The battle over coverage for pre-existing conditions has become a central front in the 2018...

Democrats Hype Estimates of People with Preexisting Conditions

In the case of Democrats using statewide numbers for people with preexisting conditions for votes...

Real Reform

Election Shifts Health-Care Landscape Across the U.S.

The midterm elections abruptly shifted the health-care landscape across the country, resulting in a divided...

Senator Cassidy: It’s Time to Get Real About Pre-Existing Conditions

Remember when Democrats promised that if you liked your plan or your doctor you could...

ObamaCare Failed To Make Health Care Affordable; Here’s A Plan That Will

A group of free-market health care reformers have developed a reform that would sharply reduce...

McConnell Says Senate Republicans Might Revisit Obamacare Repeal

Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in U.S. elections...

Trump Signs Bills Banning Drug Pricing ‘Gag Clauses’

President Trump on Wednesday signed two bills banning “gag clauses” that keep patients in the dark about...

State Actions

Virginia Facing High Unexpected Medicaid Costs

Virginia is facing a huge bill for unexpected Medicaid costs that hamper proposed new spending...

Rescinding Obama-Era Guidance on ACA Waivers Invites States Back to the Reform Table

HHS recently announced new guidance to states looking to improve their health care and health...

ObamaCare’s Red State Trap

One of the worst deals in state spending is coming to a red state near...

As Utahns Consider Proposition 3, They Would Do Well to Consider What Happened in Kentucky

Medicaid expansion in Kentucky made it harder for Medicaid’s core users to get the care...

California Bans Short-Term Limited-Duration Plans

Doug Badger, a senior fellow at the Galen Institute, says young adults will be the...