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 say there are flaws within the proposal. Moreover, some key elements already are allowed under the ACA through 1332 waivers or 1115 Medicaid waivers. 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
From Health Plan Week - In the opening days of 2017, associations say they are bracing for an unsure future and an unraveling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The top issue for insurance brokers is the likely repeal and potential replacement of the ACA, says Charles Symington, senior vice president of external and government affairs at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. The association, he says, will continue to push to eliminate the… Read more
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