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White House: Gov’t to make health law payments this month

“The subsidies are snared in a legal dispute over whether the Obama health care law properly approved the payments to insurers” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will make this month’s payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday.Moreover, ending the payments would only increase federal deficits since it would trigger a rise in separate health law subsidies for premiums, wiping out any potential savings.House Republicans trying to…

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Obamacare subsidies continue despite threats to end…

“The federal government will make crucial Obamacare-related subsidy payments to health insurers in August despite threats by President Donald Trump to end them, a White House spokesman said Wednesday” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Uncertainty over whether the so-called cost-sharing reimbursements will continue has already led some insurers to exist Obamacare markets next year, or to ask for significantly higher premiums for 2018. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Congress should act soon to guarantee that the CSRs will be paid to insurers through 2018. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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A start-up is suggesting a fix to the health-care morass

“There is a regulatory angle: The Affordable Care Act added tens of millions of people to the health care market, and the law created several incentives for start-ups to change how health care is provided” writes Farhad Manjoo for cnbc.com. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner), which has found ways to mine health care data to create a better health insurance service.He also wants to save the independent primary care doctor, whose practices have been battered by the perverse incentives of the American health care system.In Congress, a doomed plan to repeal…

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Brave baby’s infectious laugh conquers the internet

“A video of a 10-month-old baby with multiple health conditions infectiously giggling has been spreading joy across the internet” writes Life Writer At for huffingtonpost.co.uk. This is such a wonderful video to share, despite her health issues she radiates joy.” Follow Evanna’s journey on her Facebook page run by her parents ‘Evanna’s Joy’. Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk Share This:

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How Trump Is Driving Up Health Insurance Premiums

“Of that, just 8 percentage points will result from medical inflation, and 2 percentage points will stem from the reinstatement of an Obamacare health insurance tax; the balance will be related to the uncertainty that Mr” writes Steven Rattner for nytimes.com. Trump’s political health but more important, to the health of millions of Americans who deserve better. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Budget gimmicks undermine city’s cost-saving claims

“More than $1.9 billion of the $3.4 billion the city claims to be saving in healthcare spending on municipal workers over four years is coming from budgetary gimmicks, new documents show” reports nypost.com. The actual increases were as low as 2.9% — yielding a windfall in so-called savings, including $401 million in the current fiscal year alone.The latest figures show more than $1.5 billion is being “saved” because a projected 9 percent increase in insurance premiums never bore out between fiscal 2015 and 2018. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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Apple And Aetna Teaming Up?  Partnership With Insurance Company Will Bring The Apple Watch To Millions Of Members

“Apple and Aetna have reportedly been discussing a partnership to bring the Apple Watch to the insurance company’s 23 million members” writes Tech Times for techtimes.com. There were no comments or confirmations, however, regarding the possibility of giving Aetna customers Apple Watch discounts.The meetings between Apple and Aetna come as the focus of the Apple Watch is being shifted to health and wellness. Source: techtimes.com Share This:

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Ending Obamacare subsidies would increase premiums by 20 percent in 2018, CBO says

“The subsidies, called cost-sharing reductions, are used to help lower-income Americans afford their deductibles and co-payments” writes Carolyn Johnson Is for washingtonpost.com. Insurers have been insistent that the cost-sharing reductions be paid and have been seeking a commitment that they will be paid next year.That’s because people who make up to four times the federal poverty level receive tax credits from the government that limit their monthly premiums.But under the scenario where cost-sharing reductions are discontinued, the premium tax credit would grow to $11,800. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

“But millions of others buy individual health care policies without any financial assistance from the government and could face prohibitive increases” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The subsidies are snared in a legal dispute whether the Obama health care law properly approved the payments to insurers.Trump has threatened to cut off the monthly payments, most recently after the collapse of the GOP health care bill. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Obamacare is about to get some much-needed good news

“Centene is a relative success story in the Obamacare markets, using their slimmed down Medicaid-like plans to net profits in the exchange business” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.com.au. PT. The void was created after health insurer Anthem pulled out of the 14 counties on August 7, citing uncertainty surrounding the future of the Obamacare markets.Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will announce that Centene, a low-cost health insurer, will enter the Obamacare markets in 14 rural Nevada counties that previously had no insurer for 2018, according to the Nevada Independent.President Donald Trump…

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