Economists Doubtful of Cadillac Tax Repeal

Congress is unlikely to repeal the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health insurance plans next year, according to economists who spoke with Bloomberg BNA this week. While there is widespread support for repealing the tax, there are questions about how to replace the estimated $91 billion it’s estimated to raise, and since lawmakers have already… Read more »

Kaiser Study Shows Increase in Deductibles

New research conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that deductibles are increasing for employer-sponsored health insurance. The 2016 Kaiser Employer Health Benefit Survey found that many employers have increased their use of high-deductible plans to mitigate rising costs. The use of such high-deductible plans has peaked in 2016.  For the first time, more than… Read more »

Aetna’s Exit from Obamacare Stokes Growing Concern

Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurer, announced earlier this month that it is sharply reducing its participation in the marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, raising doubts about how the nation’s health care law is functioning six years after its enactment. Aetna’s decision to cut its participation from 15 state marketplaces to… Read more »

Democratic Party Platform Seeks Cadillac Tax Repeal

Democrats are calling for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax on employer-provided health plans, according to the party platform released in advance of the Democratic National Convention this week. While still supportive of the ACA overall, Democrats led by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have more recently realized that the proposed 40 percent… Read more »

House Passes Bill to Improve Access to HSAs

The House passed a bill July 6 to expand consumers’ access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and allow people with HSAs or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to use money from those accounts to pay for over-the-counter medication. The “Restoring Access to Medication and Improving Health Savings Act” (H.R. 1270) would also reduce the threshold at… Read more »