Health Care Reform: Stay Informed
While the future of health care reform remains uncertain, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is committed to keeping you up to date on the latest news. Our goal is to help you understand what health care reform means for you.
The proposed bill will NOT affect 2018 coverage, nor access to care. As changes continue to be proposed to the Affordable Care Act, you can be confident that we will work with our members, groups and brokers to help them understand their options. Please bookmark this page for the latest updates on health care reform from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
Health Care Reform News
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.
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.
Budget extender bill passed; includes HIT deferral
January 23, 2018
Monday evening the President signed a bill passed by both houses of Congress earlier in the day, reopening the federal government and extending spending authority until February 8.
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.
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.
What's next for the American Health Care Act?
News and Media
August 3, 2017:
Dave Anderson, CEO of HealthNow New York, talks with Steve Inskeep about lawmakers' plans to hold bipartisan hearings on health insurance exchanges. NPR's Scott Horsley has details and analysis.
June 6, 2017:
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.