A federal judge rejected the government's argument that insurers shouldn't be grouped together in the suit over cost-sharing reduction payments because their alleged damages would vary.
Gov. Scott Walker said the $200 million reinsurance program would lower premiums by 5% in 2019, a dramatic shift after they increased 44% this year as enrollment dropped and fewer providers offered coverage.
The CMS gave states more power to regulate their individual and small-group health insurance markets. Here are five key takeaways.
Nearly 11.8 million people signed up or were automatically enrolled in coverage through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges for 2018, despite actions by the Trump administration that many saw as attempts to undermine the exchanges.
Health insurers have become more profitable since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, despite initial stumbles on the public exchanges.
Observers are wondering if Idaho officials are negotiating with the Trump administration behind the scenes to meld their proposal for cheaper, leaner individual-market plans with the administration's plan to let insurers offer short-term products.
A proposed rule to expand access to association health plans could lead to a spike in unpaid claims for providers, since members of those plans have a history of not paying their bills.
The White House is pushing Congress to adopt several conservative policies including allowing long-term use of short-term plans and seniors being charged higher premiums. In exchange, it will support bringing back cost-sharing reduction payments for individual market enrollees.
Health benefit managers have called on the CMS to continue a little-known Affordable Care Act provision that allows employers to offer limited, supplemental coverage for individual market plans.
The Idaho Blues' new state-based plans violate federal law and could subject the insurer to steep penalties if HHS chooses to enforce the Affordable Care Act. The plans also threaten to harm consumers who enroll and will likely prompt lawsuits, experts said.
Direct contracting, in which self-funded businesses eschew insurance companies to partner directly with a healthcare provider, can give the employer more control over the employee health benefit design.
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.