ACA Repeal Bill Gains Momentum

The September 30 deadline for healthcare legislation to pass the Senate using a simple majority is looming. Legislation from Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) seems to be gaining speed and is expected to face a vote in the Senate next week. Known as Graham-Cassidy, the plan would cut federal funding for healthcare… Read more »

DC Council Approves Tax to Fund Health Care Exchange

The DC City Council on May 6 approved a new tax on all health-related insurance products sold in the District. The measure was passed as emergency legislation in order to contribute needed funding for DC Health Link, the city’s health insurance Exchange. The legislation will implement a 1 percent tax on all insurance premiums paid… Read more »

Administration Expects “Modest” SHOP Enrollment Numbers

The Obama Administration has been telling reporters that it only expects “modest” enrollment figures for the federal Small business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges in 2014, according to reports.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) attributes this primarily to the HealthCare.gov failings and the fact that the website will be down until later… Read more »

Co-ops Face an Uncertain Future

Health co-ops were included in the Affordable Care Act with the goal of increasing competition and reducing prices of insurance, yet they are facing major financial issues around the country. A Washington Post story this week detailed the legislative history behind the inclusion of co-ops in the ACA, and why so many co-ops are plagued with financial… Read more »