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Health Care Reform News Archives

Spending Bill Agreement Update

March 26, 2018

Yesterday, (3/21/18) Congressional leaders announced agreement on a $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government funded through the rest of the fiscal year. Since October, the government has been operating on five continuing budget resolutions, the most recent of which expires on March 23.

 

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Proposed rule issued; no effect on NYS market

February 26, 2018

Today, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule to extend the duration of short-term health plans. However, even if it becomes final, the federal rule will not affect New York because the state does not allow such short-term policies.
 

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Budget extender bill passed; includes HIT deferral

January 23, 2018

Budget extender bill passed containing health insurer tax deferral for 2019; budget negotiations continue.

 

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Association Health Plan (AHP) proposed rule issued

January 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule that would allow small employers and sole proprietors to band together to purchase large group health plans that would be exempt from many of the requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

 

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Individual Market Stabilizers in 2018

December 28, 2017

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at the request of Senators Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins, announced he would wait until 2018 to address the market stabilization measures.

 

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Congress Passes Tax Bill

December 20, 2017

On a mostly party-line votes, both the House and Senate passed the compromise tax bill on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

 

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Senate Passes Tax Bill

December 2, 2017

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday December 2, the Senate passed its amended tax overhaul bill which includes repeal of the penalty for those not having health insurance (the individual mandate).

 

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Individual Mandate Repeal in Senate Tax Bill

November 27, 2017

Health care is back under consideration in Congress, as the Senate Finance Committee adopted a tax reform bill that includes repeal of the individual mandate penalty, the tax people pay if they don't have health insurance.

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President Signs Executive Order and Ends CSR Payments

October 12, 2017

On Thursday, October 12, President Trump took two actions that will have significant impact on people buying individual health insurance and those with small employer group coverage.

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Overview of Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Plan

September 26, 2017

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Senate Republican leaders announced they would not vote on the “Graham-Cassidy” proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Recap of U.S. Senate Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Governors 

September 7, 2017

On Thursday, September 7, 2017 the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pension held a hearing on “Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Governors.”

 

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Recap of U.S. Senate Hearing on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: State Insurance Commissioners 

September 6, 2017

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pension held a hearing on “Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: State Insurance Commissioners.”

 

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Highlights of The Bipartisan Governors’ Health Care Proposal 

August 30, 2017

On August 30, 2017 a bipartisan group of eight governors, led by Ohio's John Kasich and Colorado's John Hickenlooper, submitted a health care proposal to congressional leaders that calls on Congress to move quickly to stabilize the individual insurance market.

 

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Senate Republican Better Care Reconciliation Act 

June 28, 2017

Senate Republican leadership’s goal was to move forward with the BCRA with a floor vote before the July 4th recess.

 

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What’s Next In The United States Senate For The American Health Care Act (AHCA)

June 21, 2017

Since the beginning of May, Senate Republicans have wrestled with revisions to the House version of the AHCA.

 

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Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Report: House Resolution (HR) 1628 American Health Care Act

On May 24, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released its new estimate of The American Health Care Act (HR 1628)...
 

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HR 1628 - American Health Care Act Summary

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed The American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. 
 

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First 100 Days Recap

Congress has been deeply divided over implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the health reform law enacted in March 2010.
 

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News and Media

June 6, 2017:
What's next for the American Health Care Act

The Point of Health podcast features Donald Ingalls, Vice President, State and Federal Relations of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The episode covers the latest updates on Republican's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

 

April 27, 2017:
As Trump And Congress Flip-Flop On Health Care, Insurers Try To Plan Ahead.

As part of a coordinated, systemwide Blues advocacy effort to ensure funding for Cost Sharing Reductions, President and CEO Dave Anderson spoke with NPR's All Things Considered.

 


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