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States Seek Removal Of ACA’s Preexisting Conditions Protections

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to target its rules that prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions or refusing to cover services people need to treat such conditions.

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Researchers Find States Mostly Unprepared For Policy Shift

In a survey to understand how markets for short-term plans — which are not required to comply with the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections — are working on the eve of a policy shift, researchers found most states have little information about the status of these markets.

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State-Level Mandates Could Lower Uninsured by 4 Million in 2019

Nearly 4 million Americans would gain health insurance and premium costs would drop an average of nearly 12 percent if every state joined Massachusetts and New Jersey in enacting state-level individual mandates.

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Public Accountability Seen Badly Needed for Medicaid Providers

Calls for transparency have become something of a modern day mantra for the healthcare industry. Indeed, it’s nearly impossible to find anyone in the medical arena who does not embrace the concept. In fact, President Obama made it one of his signature promises for healthcare reform. But while progress has been made in the commercial sector, it appears to have stopped short of reaching low-income families.

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Report Explores Areas of Agreement on Health Care Issues

A new report released Monday (May 21) shows the American public can find common ground on many of the problems our nation faces, like health care-related issues.

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Uninsured Rates Rising Again as Trump Moves Against ACA

After years of health coverage gains following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study shows uninsured rates are starting to rise.

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Healthcare Thought Leaders Gather for Summit in Seattle

Employers, healthcare providers, and other industry leaders gathered Wednesday (March 7) in Seattle to discuss the roles they can play in reining in the rising cost of U.S. healthcare. Experts from Boeing, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GE healthymagination, and leaders of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) agreed that the healthcare industry cannot fix the U.S. system by itself, and explored the role that employers can play on their own and as part of regional partnerships.

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More Isn’t Necessarily Better in Healthcare, Seniors Say

New findings from the AARP/University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging indicate only 14 percent of people older than 50 believe more is usually better when it comes to healthcare.

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Surveys Show Support for ACA; Enrollees Worried About Future

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll says more than half of adults now have a favorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That’s more than ever. But at the same time, a new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that many people with coverage under the law are anxious they might lose it. In fact, three of 10 working-age adults who have marketplace or Medicaid coverage are pessimistic about their ability to maintain that insurance going forward.

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Association Health Plans are Not Without Problems

In the past, many of these plans were vehicles for fraud or became insolvent. That’s why maintaining states’ authority to regulate AHPs, they say, will be critical to protecting consumers, providers, and health insurance markets.

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