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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Health Insurance

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal subsidies to reduce the number of uninsured citizens. less -

Can People Losing Medicaid Under BCRA Afford Marketplace Coverage?

Next steps regarding Congressional action on repeal and replace remain uncertain, with the President again supporting repeal coupled with replace, members attempting to bridge their differences over the Better Care...more

Senate Timing Uncertain on Revised Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by King & Spalding on

On July 13, 2017, the Senate released its revised Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), along with updated summaries (Titles I and II, and Title III) of the...more

Surprise Opposition Sinks the Better Care Reconciliation Act; New Vote on "Repeal-and-Delay" Uncertain to Advance

by Baker Donelson on

On Monday evening, July 17, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) issued joint statements in opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate Republicans' companion bill to the House-passed...more

Issue 111: Is Health Care Reform DOA?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Republican’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may be dead on arrival. The defection of a total of four Senators from support of BCRA 2.0 means that bill has no chance of passage. ...more

Part VIII: BCRA – What Is Dead May Never Die

In Part VII of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we described the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (“BCRA”), the Senate GOP’s latest Obamacare repeal and...more

Senate Unveils Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: Significant Changes, but Uncertainty Remains

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13th, the Senate released the updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. While the new version makes some significant changes to the original Senate proposal, the major components of the...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #2

Welcome back everybody. The absence of Senator John McCain (AZ) – who is recovering at home from a craniotomy – has caused Senate Republicans to delay consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) previously...more

Senate Health Care Bill 2.0: Implications for Health Care Stakeholders

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The new version of the Senate Republicans’ draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), was released July 13. This second pass includes changes meant to...more

Issue 110: Senate Efforts at Health Care Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The epicenter of the health care repeal and replace effort has moved from the House of Representatives to the Senate. After several weeks of drafting behind closed doors, the Senate introduced the Better...more

Senate's Updated Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act Changes Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate Republicans on July 13, 2017, released an updated discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we have outlined in a...more

Preparing for the Unknown: Open Enrollment 2017

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

With Open Enrollment season just around the corner, employers have been hoping for answers regarding the direction of health insurance under the Trump Administration. However, it’s looking like clarity is a long way off....more

1332 Edition: Alaska Reinsurance Proposal Approved by Federal Government

On July 11, the federal government announced approval of Alaska’s waiver request under Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for funding in support of the Alaska Reinsurance Program (ARP). The ARP is...more

Manatt on Health: July 2017

BCRA Implications: Affordability of Coverage - In making the case for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the president and congressional leadership have cited “rising premiums,” “unaffordable...more

Updated SBC Templates Apply for 2018 Open Enrollment

The new SBC templates released last year are required for open enrollment periods beginning on and after April 1, 2017. For health plans and employers with calendar year plans, this means the updated SBC templates and...more

New Massachusetts Employer Assessment Intended to Deter MassHealth Enrollment

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Since the beginning of this year’s legislative session, Governor Baker has expressed concern over the growth in enrollment in MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program. A look at the numbers explains why. Prior to the...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Workplace Policy under the Trump Administration Begins to Take Shape as "Repeal and Replace" of the ACA...

by Littler on

Five months into President Trump's term, his administration's workplace policy is beginning to take shape. From notable developments at the Department of Labor (DOL), to long-awaited nominations to the National Labor...more

Concierge Medicine – Is it for you?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

According to the 2016 Kaiser/HERT Employer Health Benefits Survey, the average annual premium for employer-sponsored family health insurance coverage in 2016 was $18,142 – representing a 20% increase since 2011 and a 58%...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017

Welcome back everybody. Congress is back in session and facing a three - week work period before the August recess. There is plenty at stake these next few weeks as Senate Republicans and the White House pitch their...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 6

With the exception of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”), things are relatively quiet on the health care reform front. Below are a few developments from the week of June 26th....more

What the Senate’s Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act Means for Employers

by K&L Gates LLP on

Senate Republicans released draft legislation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The draft legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”), maintains several key provisions...more

Nevada’s Direct Primary Care Crisis

by Snell & Wilmer on

In 2012, Turntable Health opened its doors in downtown Las Vegas with one goal—providing preventive healthcare at a reasonable cost. As a direct primary care (“DPC”) clinic, Turntable Health offered unlimited access to...more

CBO Scores Senate ACA Repeal and Replace Bill; Senate Postpones Legislative Action Until After July 4

by King & Spalding on

On June 27, 2017, Senate Republican leaders postponed a planned vote on the motion to proceed to debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, until...more

HHS Cannot Pause United’s Challenge to the Medicare C/D Overpayment Rule

by King & Spalding on

As previously reported, UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company (United) is challenging CMS’s Medicare C/D Overpayment Rule as it applies to Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations. HHS sought to stay United’s lawsuit while it...more

Over 4th, GOP senators seek independence from their health care jam

Republicans in the U.S. Senate will spend a long Fourth of July break trying to figure if they can repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, with their Better Care Reconciliation Act, aka Trumpcare. Their...more

CMS Actuary Predicts an Additional 13 Million Uninsured Under the ACA Repeal Legislation

by King & Spalding on

In a report published on June 13, 2017, the independent chief actuary of CMS estimated that an additional 13 million people will be uninsured in ten years if the American Health Care Act of 2017 (ACHA), the latest ACA repeal...more

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