From Health Plan Week - Moving Medicaid to a block-grant program could cut federal spending by $150 billion over five years, while switching to a per capita cap model would trim costs by $110 billion, according to an analysis from Avalere Health (see chart, below). But states, particularly those that expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could see shrinking federal dollars under either scenario, which could prompt them to cut enrollment, limit benefits, or reduce payment rates to providers and insurance carriers. Read more
From Health Plan Week - In an effort to appease their Democratic counterparts — and woo at least eight of them across the aisle — a pair of Senate Republicans have proposed an Affordable Care Act replacement that would give states the option of keeping the ACA intact. States also could opt to cover their uninsured population with a federally funded health savings account (HSA) combined with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). But industry observers… Read more
From Drug Benefit News - As Congress wrestles with how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one state — Minnesota — just considered a provision in an insurance premium relief law that would have allowed insurers to pick and choose which benefits, including many prescription drug benefits, they wanted to cover under various policies. Although state lawmakers ultimately rejected the measure as part of the final bill, it could be a harbinger for… Read more
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