Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

Individual Healthcare Mandate Being Considered in Maryland [UPDATE]

January 18, 2018 Senate Republicans added repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to the Senate’s tax reform bill to save nearly $340 billion in federal funds during the next decade to mitigate increases Read More
Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

Who’s Thankful for the ACA?

November 22, 2017 As we enter into the annual Thanksgiving break, there is much to be thankful for. Most lists will include giving thanks for family, friends, and employment. And almost 1.5 million Read More
The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

The Healthcare Marketplace is Stabilizing Around the ACA

November 16, 2017 We are well into open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite significant increases in premium rates for 2018, enrollment for healthcare coverage on HealthCare.gov is higher than Read More
CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

CHIP Reauthorization in Congressional Committees Sees Mixed Results

October 5, 2017 There were mixed results yesterday in Congress as Senate and House committees considered bills reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program provided healthcare coverage to 8.9 Read More
Congress Not Delivering Yet on Public Priorities for Healthcare

Congress Not Delivering Yet on Public Priorities for Healthcare

October 4, 2017 Despite a recent declaration that Congress will focus on tax reform, the need to address critical healthcare issues remains. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey found that a large Read More
Trump, McConnell Indicate There May Be Movement Towards Limited Bipartisan ACA Legislation to Stabilize Insurance Markets in 2018 [NEW REPORT]

Trump, McConnell Indicate There May Be Movement Towards Limited Bipartisan ACA Legislation to Stabilize Insurance Markets in 2018 [NEW REPORT]

September 28, 2017 With the GOP’s last-ditch attempt in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)done for now, President Trump introduced the idea of working with Democrats to change healthcare Read More
Path Now Clear for U.S. Senate Committee to Address Stabilizing Health Insurance Markets

Path Now Clear for U.S. Senate Committee to Address Stabilizing Health Insurance Markets

September 27, 2017 The on again, off again effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally fizzled out yesterday when Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate declined to bring to Read More
Possible Extension Of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments, More Flexibility for States May Face A Challenge

Possible Extension Of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments, More Flexibility for States May Face A Challenge

September 19, 2017 The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearings on the Affordable Care Act could lead to bipartisan legislation for Congressional approval to continue cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments Read More
U.S. Senate Health Committee Works to Reach Consensus With Healthcare Hearings Over

U.S. Senate Health Committee Works to Reach Consensus With Healthcare Hearings Over

September 18, 2017 Can they reach a bipartisan consensus on fixing healthcare? That’s the question now that the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has completed its hearings on stabilizing Read More
Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

July 11, 2017 As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. from a quick Independence Day break, the question of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains top of mind. Job one for Read More
Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

July 5, 2017 While Congress has been discussing new directions for healthcare reform from the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has been talking about the death of that current healthcare law. However, as Read More
The AHCA May Cost Seniors Almost Half Of Their Annual Income In Premiums

The AHCA May Cost Seniors Almost Half Of Their Annual Income In Premiums

June 26, 2017 The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still sitting in the Senate, awaiting a verdict on being modified or dismantled to something unrecognizable. While in limbo, analyses continue to surface, Read More
As Secret ACA Repeal Looms Overhead, Senate Democrats Voice Protest

As Secret ACA Repeal Looms Overhead, Senate Democrats Voice Protest

June 22, 2017 Last week it was revealed that Senate GOP have been meeting behind closed doors, readying perhaps a complete rewrite of Trump’s proposed healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act. Prior Read More
Senate Republicans Ready ACA Replacement Plan In Private

Senate Republicans Ready ACA Replacement Plan In Private

June 21, 2017 Earlier this year, House Republicans gathered in the wee hours of the morning to secretly prepare a replacement plan for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The result Read More
Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

June 20, 2017 There was a time in the early stages of the ACA repeal where the Trump Administration shrugged off any ACA-mandated taxes going forward. The growing concern was that a repeal Read More
Senate GOP Views 2020 As Target For ACA Repeal

Senate GOP Views 2020 As Target For ACA Repeal

June 13, 2017 Since Trump took the seat as President at the top of 2017, the Republican Party has arguably been inching toward opposition within itself, particularly when it comes to healthcare reform. Read More
Older Americans Are Among The Greatest Affected By The Proposed AHCA

Older Americans Are Among The Greatest Affected By The Proposed AHCA

June 8, 2017 Currently, Senate GOP may be deliberating over potentially holding off on the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act until after the 2018 elections. This news arrives on the Read More
The Questionable Fate Of Trump’s Promises For Tax Reform

The Questionable Fate Of Trump’s Promises For Tax Reform

June 6, 2017 On May 30, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained that President Trump’s “plan for the most significant tax reform in decades continues to progress.” However, that may not reflect Read More
Has The Public Changed Its Tune On The Affordable Care Act?

Has The Public Changed Its Tune On The Affordable Care Act?

June 5, 2017 The fate of the Affordable Care Act currently rests in the hands of Senate as they dissect Trump’s American Health Care Act and either approve it, dismantle it or just Read More
CBO Scoring Shows 23 Million Will Lose Insurance by 2026 Under the Revised House Healthcare Bill

CBO Scoring Shows 23 Million Will Lose Insurance by 2026 Under the Revised House Healthcare Bill

May 25, 2017 So much of Senate’s decisions appear to be surrounding the House GOP’s proposed healthcare bill rested on a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The scoring was guaranteed by Read More
Paralyzed Veterans of America Reject the AHCA

Paralyzed Veterans of America Reject the AHCA

May 24, 2017 Donald Trump’s entire “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan was footnoted with a promise to help both the working class and United States Veterans. However, a specific group of veterans Read More
Republican Congress Members Maintain Their ACA Benefits In The Midst Of A Repeal

Republican Congress Members Maintain Their ACA Benefits In The Midst Of A Repeal

May 17, 2017 When Trump’s revamp of his American Health Care Act (AHCA) was green lit by the House, Republicans who were anti-ACA found this to be a win. Despite the Senate feeling Read More
New Study Finds Staggering Number Of Uninsured Medicaid Recipients Should AHCA Be Passed

New Study Finds Staggering Number Of Uninsured Medicaid Recipients Should AHCA Be Passed

May 16, 2017 As the newly revamped AHCA has been given House approval and moves onto the Senate floor, a new study shows how the revamped bill’s effect on Medicaid Expansion could prove Read More
Senate Begins Drafting Its Own ACA Replacement Bill, Some Related Taxes May Stay

Senate Begins Drafting Its Own ACA Replacement Bill, Some Related Taxes May Stay

May 15, 2017 Within hours of Trump’s proposed American Health Care Act bill passing through House vote with only four votes despite a large Republican majority, rumors circulated that it would more than Read More
Changes to ACA May Not Happen Until After 2018 Election

Changes to ACA May Not Happen Until After 2018 Election

May 11, 2017 Last week, Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the House with only a four-vote win despite the large majority by Republican Representatives. The bill, also known as Trumpcare, Read More
GOP Health Care Bill Now Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

GOP Health Care Bill Now Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

May 4, 2017 Today, with a vote count of 217 for and 213 against, the heavily Republican majority House passed the amended American Healthcare Act (AHCA). This rushed vote came with less than Read More
Trump Readies Another ACA Repeal

Trump Readies Another ACA Repeal

May 2, 2017 On April 30th, President Trump tweeted the following in a series of two tweets: “You can’t compare anything to ObamaCare because ObamaCare is dead,” he tweeted. “Dems want billions to Read More
New Bill Allows Non-Exchange Health Plan Purchases With ACA Credits

New Bill Allows Non-Exchange Health Plan Purchases With ACA Credits

April 26, 2017 When Senate Republicans proposed the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a major point of focus was the elimination of ACA-mandated taxes, including the Employer and Individual Read More
McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption Is Eliminated After 70 Years

McCarran-Ferguson Antitrust Exemption Is Eliminated After 70 Years

April 12, 2017 The Affordable Care Act may be here to stay, but changes to antitrust laws may affect how the healthcare insurance industry does business. The House of Representatives approved legislation that Read More
Another Attempt to Repeal the ACA in the Foreseeable Future? Unlikely.

Another Attempt to Repeal the ACA in the Foreseeable Future? Unlikely.

March 29, 2017 It’s been more than seven years since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and there were some 60 plus attempts to repeal by Republicans during Read More
Republicans Amend the American Health Care Act to Add a Work Requirement for Medicaid Eligibility

Republicans Amend the American Health Care Act to Add a Work Requirement for Medicaid Eligibility

March 22, 2017 With the House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) looming for Thursday and concern of its approval among conservatives in the House, GOP leadership has added a “manager’s Read More
Just Weeks After Replacement Plan Surfaces, House GOP Readies Amendments

Just Weeks After Replacement Plan Surfaces, House GOP Readies Amendments

March 17, 2017 A few weeks ago, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan voiced the House GOP’s plans for a repeal and the replacement plan, which placed a heavy focus on eliminating ACA-mandated taxes. Read More
Will GOP Senators Struggle with Re-Election with an ACA Repeal?

Will GOP Senators Struggle with Re-Election with an ACA Repeal?

March 7, 2017 One thing is for certain when it comes to the Affordable Care Act: it keeps the people talking. As Republicans talk of a repeal, with a replacement plan that will Read More
While GOP Advances ACA Repeal, Republican Senators Prep Tax Reform

While GOP Advances ACA Repeal, Republican Senators Prep Tax Reform

February 16, 2017 On February 1, members of the Senate convened at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in DC, discussing a variety of topics from tax reform regarding import/export within the country’s borders Read More
“Doc Fix” Made Permanent

“Doc Fix” Made Permanent

April 15, 2015 The Senate and House approved a permanent repeal to a widely disliked formula used to pay doctors for services, and President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill. This Read More