A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill to delay the health insurance tax until 2021. This would be the third delay of the Affordable Care Act taxes on the industry.
Anthem's deal with Aspire Health marks another in a slew of provider purchases by insurers aiming to reduce costs by shifting care away from costly inpatient settings.
A federal judge blocked the proposed $54 billion tie-up between national insurers Anthem and Cigna late Wednesday, saying the combination would harm competition in the national employer market.
As the Trump administration and some in Congress whittle away at the Affordable Care Act, blue states are filling in gaps in an attempt to bolster their markets. Others are picking up chainsaws.
As insurers begin to file 2019 rates, two trends are emerging: Rate hikes will be steep and vary widely across states and plans, as regulators use different strategies to stabilize individual markets and promote affordability and choice.
The Affordable Care Act remains an election talking point, but lawmakers are shifting their policy focus to the Trump administration's agenda as states take the reins on the exchanges.