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Trump, by executive fiat, tries to blow up ACA with cheap, skimpy alternatives

President Trump has made good on his promise to try to blow up the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. His latest, twin executive actions seek to gut the national health insurance program that Republicans have reviled but...more

What Can Health Plans Do Now That the Trump Administration Has Stopped Making CSR Payments?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On October 12, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will immediately stop making cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidy payments, which allow health insurers to defray out-of-pocket costs to insure low-income...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

President Trump’s announcement Friday that he would stop cost-sharing payments to insurance companies triggered a firestorm on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers in both parties calling on Congress to restore the funding...more

Trump Administration Takes Aim at ACA With AHP Executive Order

Thursday, October 12th, on the heels of the recent and repeated failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), President Donald Trump signed an executive order nominally aimed at increasing competition in the...more

Trump Administration Pulls the Plug on CSR Payments

After months of veiled threats, President Trump formally announced that his Administration will cease funding Cost-Sharing Reduction (“CSR”) payments, a key component of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) intended to help...more

“Ceasing the CSR’s: Once a Threat, Now A Promise”

by LeClairRyan on

Late in the evening of October 12, 2017, word leaked that the Trump Administration planned to finally carry out its threat to stop the Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments (“CSRs”) under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The...more

The White House’s One-Two Punch to Obamacare: A Knockout Blow To The ACA?

by Cozen O'Connor on

In moves that stunned and alarmed insurers, providers, and consumers alike, on October 12, the White House issued an announcement and an Executive Order that appear to be purposefully designed to decimate the Health Insurance...more

“A Strong Pull on the Threads Holding Obamacare Together:” President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Affordable Care Act Executive Order

by LeClairRyan on

President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States” seeks to reform certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”) by Executive Agency action...more

President Signs EO Loosening Health Care Regulations

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States.” The much-anticipated EO directs the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order to Reshape Health Insurance Market

by Littler on

After failing to achieve a legislative solution to "repeal and replace" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump issued an executive order (EO) on October 12, 2017, designed to promote “healthcare...more

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns and the Search Begins for Replacement

by Baker Donelson on

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price resigned on September 29, following the collapse of Republicans' efforts to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and revelations that he spent more...more

Graham-Cassidy Falters; Bipartisan Talks Restart on Market Stabilization

by Baker Donelson on

Following defections from Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), John McCain (R-AZ), and Susan Collins (R-ME), Senate Republican leaders announced on September 26 that they did not have the votes for the Graham-Cassidy plan – the last...more

Nine Days and Counting – The Fate of CHIP Remains Uncertain Amid Congressional Deadlock

While congressional Republicans spent much of September pushing for passage of the Graham-Cassidy “repeal and replace” bill, other time-sensitive legislative tasks were left to languish, including a September 30 deadline to...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress returned after Labor Day for a busy September and acted quickly to avoid a government shutdown by passing stop gap funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and raising the debt ceiling. The already crowded congressional...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – October 2017 #1

With the FY2017 reconciliation instructions behind us, we look ahead to what is left in store for health care between now and the end of the calendar year. While Secretary Price’s departure was expected, what he leaves behind...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Senate Pulls ACA Repeal and Replace Vote; Congress to Work on Renewing CHIP Funding; HHS Secretary Price Resigns

by King & Spalding on

Last week, Senate Republicans scrapped plans to vote on the ACA repeal and replace bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). Senate Republicans had planned to use the budget reconciliation...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 28

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White House to Request Emergency Supplemental Funding for Puerto Rico: The White House will submit an additional request to Congress in the next two to four weeks which is not expected to include any deficit restructuring...more

Graham-Cassidy Proposal Falls Short on Votes While Other Deadlines Loom

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the Graham-Cassidy legislation were unsuccessful as lawmakers rushed to meet the September 30th deadline when the Senate would have lost its current reconciliation...more

Another Senate Showdown: Vote Expected on Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill

by King & Spalding on

With the Fiscal Year 2017 budget reconciliation instructions expiring on Saturday, September 30, the Senate is making one last push to consider Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace legislation drafted by Senators...more

The After-Effects of Graham-Cassidy’s Demise

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The proposed legislation known as Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructure federal Medicaid financing, will not be put to a vote because 51...more

Senate GOP Abandons Last-Ditch ACA Repeal/Replace Legislation in Face of Opposition

by Reed Smith on

The latest Republican Congressional attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has foundered, as three Republican senators announced they will join Democratic senators in opposing the “Graham-Cassidy” repeal...more

Fractal Geometry, Actuarial Risk, and §1332 Waivers—The Role of the States in Reforming Health Care

At this writing, the prospects for success of the latest Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act appear bleak — but the Graham-Cassidy bill on which the GOP has pinned its last-ditch hopes highlights a major...more

The Evolution of Repeal and Replace

The Republican evolution on health care over the course of 2017 has tested the resolve of the party’s years-long effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Republican goal of repeal and replace has...more

Effects of Insurance Marketplace Uncertainty

Even as Senators continue to consider “Graham-Cassidy,” the latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation, insurance markets are already reacting to uncertainty and instability brought about by persistent GOP efforts to...more

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