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Bill would give young people more Obamacare subsidies

“Health insurance through Obamacare can be costly for people making above $48,000 a year, the income threshold at which they no longer qualify for subsidies” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Under the proposal, the maximum percentage of income that young adults would have to pay toward health insurance under Obamacare would decrease by 2.5 percentage points for people between the ages of 18 to 30. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Democrats ask Trump to backpedal decision on Obamacare risk adjustment program

“The Trump administration should reverse its decision to stop an Obamacare program that collects and pays out billions of dollars to health insurance companies, a group of Democrats said Monday” writes Ap Photo Carolyn for washingtonexaminer.com. The Trump administration announced July 7 that it was putting them on hold.Without the funds, certain health insurers that have healthier customers will have higher profits, while those with sicker customers are expected to amass losses.Democrats asked Azar and Verma to explain their decision behind suspending the payments, saying that it appeared to be…

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House panel advances health bills after tense fights on pre-existing conditions, immigration

“The Trump administration has yet to fully reunite the roughly 3,000 children who were separated from their parents under the policy” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The House Ways & Means Committee advanced seven healthcare bills on Thursday after defeating amendments from Democrats on immigration and enshrining protections for pre-existing conditions.Democrats sought to add multiple amendments that chided the Trump administration for the border crisis and not defending Obamacare in court.He said the amendment is needed because pre-existing condition protections are under attack by the Trump administration.The committee also advanced another four healthcare…

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Democrats’ focus on Obamacare suggests they have nothing on Brett Kavanaugh

“It is rather telling then, that Democrats would focus so much on this line of attack” reports washingtonexaminer.com. If right out of the gate they are hinging their whole line of attack on this Obamacare gambit related to a longshot lawsuit, it suggests they have not found much on him.Kavanaugh has been well known in Washington legal circles for decades, and when his name was added to Trump’s Supreme Court list last November, it immediately raised eyebrows and made him one of the favorites for the next vacancy. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share…

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EDITORIAL: Trump administration yanks health care away from more Americans

“Technically, the administration has only suspended risk adjustment payments, not permanently ended them” writes Sun-times Editorial Board for suntimes.com. The suspension of risk adjustment payments won’t matter to people who quality for income-based federal subsidies, which rise along with premium costs.This is one way the ACA, also known as Obamacare, makes it possible for people who need particularly expensive care to get health insurance at an affordable rate.It’s bad news, as well, for all Americans who believe that nobody should be priced out of basic health care just to save…

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Once eyed as a tool for fighting Obamacare, state waivers hit limitations

“Early in the Trump administration, officials saw the waivers as a backup plan to ease Obamacare regulations if congressional repeal efforts were unsuccessful” writes Alan Diaz Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. The Trump administration told Ohio that it had not met requirements earlier this year and determined the application was incomplete.State officials haven’t always been sure about what type of applications the Trump administration would greenlight, but so far, four waivers have been accepted, three of which were for reinsurance. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Schumer: ‘Impossible to imagine’ Trump’s Supreme Court nominee won’t be ‘hostile’ to Obamacare, abortion

“It is near impossible to imagine that President Trump would select a nominee who isn’t hostile to our healthcare law and healthcare, who isn’t hostile to a woman’s freedom to make her own healthcare decisions,” Schumer said on the Senate floor, just hours before Trump was set to announce his pick” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Wade and the healthcare law during hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and meetings with senators. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Administration Halts Billions in Payments to Insurance Companies

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers programs under the Affordable Care Act, said the action affects $10.4 billion in risk adjustment payments” writes Reuters Editorial for reuters.com. As a result of this litigation, billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments and collections are now on hold,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Saturday halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers under the Obamacare healthcare law, saying that a recent federal court ruling prevents the money from being…

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Insurers predict ‘market disruption’ after Trump suspends Obamacare risk payments

“It will create more market uncertainty and increase premiums for many health plans – putting a heavier burden on small businesses and consumers, and reducing coverage options” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “risk adjustment” program is intended to incentivize health insurers to cover individuals with pre-existing and chronic conditions by collecting money from insurers with relatively healthy enrollees to offset the costs of other insurers with sicker enrollees.CMS was referring to a February ruling from a federal court in New Mexico that invalidated the…

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Illinois has sent an application to the federal government to add more addiction treatment and overdose coverage for people who are enrolled in Obamacare plans.

“Illinois has sent an application to the federal government to add more addiction treatment and overdose coverage for people who are enrolled in Obamacare plans” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The application would add to the “essential health benefits” that must be covered by benchmark health insurance plans.It would limit the amount of prescription opioids doctors can prescribe to seven days and would cover telepsychiatry to treat addiction and mental health disorders. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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