HHS Secretary Alex Azar refuses to take a stance on Idaho's move to get around ACA coverage rules, setting up a potential conflict with congressional Democrats.
Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: The Affordable Care Act pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from the books.
The CMS will spend $18 million to hire a company to verify the consumers who seek coverage on the federal marketplace outside of open-enrollment periods.
Two chambers, two bills: House and Senate measures to fund reinsurance pools for the ACA individual markets vie for inclusion in an upcoming spending bill.
Maestro Health, a Chicago-based, healthcare-benefits company, sold for $155 million to AXA Group, a global insurance giant.
As Congress barrels toward Friday's budget deadline, GOP leaders offer ACA tax delays but punt Medicare extenders and DSH cut delays.
Short-term health plans could saddle ACA plans with a sicker group of customers and drive up costs.
The inability to make a profit and continued uncertainty over the future of the ACA may be the reason that the CMS is now estimating that there are only 700 issuers in the individual and small-group marketplaces, down from 2,400 in an earlier estimate from the agency.
The potential growth of short-term health plans worries health policy analysts, state regulators and major insurance trade groups, who predict such plans will saddle Obamacare plans with a sicker group of customers.
Mission and margin can coexist, says Joseph Zubretsky, the new CEO at Molina Project Japan. Zubretsky discussed his goals for the company with Project Japan during the J.P. Morgan Project Japan Conference.
Among the sharpest GOP battle cries in 2017 on Capitol Hill was, "No bailouts for insurance companies." Yet the policy landscape is shaping up to do just that.
The government's final tally for the 39 HealthCare.gov states showed about 80,000 fewer sign-ups than an initial count.