Posts for ACA Implementation

The Takeaway 2016 New Year’s Edition

Why Is This News? 2016 opened with yet another vote by the Republican controlled Congress to repeal the ACA coupled with more muttering about a replace agenda — we really really mean it this time. Maybe by the time we are...

The Takeaway: Holiday Hangover Edition

Just before the holiday recess Congress completed work on a budget package that included what some have described as "blows" to the ACA. Here's a belated reaction to a couple of the most discussed provisions. Unpacking the Cadillac Tax Debate...

The Takeaway: Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue. Time for Congress to Treat it Like One

Gun violence in the US seems to have reached epidemic proportions averaging at least one mass shooting per day in 2015. According to OECD data 87 percent of the children in the developed world who die from gun violence live in the...

The Takeaway: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

Last night in a cynical act of political theatre, the Senate passed a bill to eliminate major provisions of the Affordable Care Act including expanded Medicaid coverage and tax credits for people who don't have affordable employer coverage. Of course,...

Dear South, There's Hope!

In the last two weeks, some major developments have rekindled hope for hundreds of thousands of Southerners left in the coverage gap. Since a disproportionate number of people in the coverage gap, 90 percent, live and work in the South,...

Marketplace-CHIP Comparability Study Is Out: Where Do We Go from Here?

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long awaited Certification of Comparability of Pediatric Coverage Offered by Qualified Health Plans.

UnitedHealth Feeling the Pain of Being Late to the Party

UnitedHealth’s recent fretting about their plans in ACA marketplaces not boosting their bottom line as much as they had hoped and open pondering of pulling out of marketplaces next year (while actually expanding this year) is disappointing in the attention...

The Takeaway: Reason Slowly Gaining Ground Over Ideology in Medicaid Debate

Reason Slowly Gaining Ground Over Ideology in Medicaid Debate When the Supreme Court ruled that states were not required to expand Medicaid to cover all poor adults, as originally envisioned by the ACA, it touched off a fierce political struggle...

The Takeaway: In Search of a Prescription for Runaway Drug Prices

The problem of runaway prescription drug costs continues to make headlines and bedevil consumers, payers and policy makers.
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