Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Trump Administration Move Imperils Pre-Existing Condition Protections

The Justice Department has announced it will not defend the Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit brought by 20 states that challenge the legality of core pillars of the law. The Trump administration’s decision to abandon the Affordable Care Act in an ongoing court challenge could affect some of the most popular pillars of […]
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eClips Tip – Reports & Articles for the Taking

First of all, let me extend a big thank-you to the 1,305 State Library patrons that took our recent Customer Satisfaction Survey.  We have an amazing amount of data & information to analyze. We hope to use these survey responses to improve our services to you, our patrons. As a thank-you right back to you, […]
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Merkley proposes Medicare option for all

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is touting the benefits of a bill he introduced that would allow individuals and businesses to buy health insurance through an expanded Medicare program. Source: Merkley proposes Medicare option for all

‘Time’s Up’: Covered California Takes Aim At Hospital C-Section Rates

Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care. Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven’t met targets for safety and quality, they’ll risk being excluded from the “in-network” designation […]
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Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances

Individuals buying Affordable Care Act health plans for 2019 are likely to see rate hikes next year, if most the state’s seven domestic health insurers have their way, according to rate requests submitted to state regulators this week. But it’s not all bad news. Source: Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances | The […]
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Calorie counts on menus are good for business and our health

Some chains are complaining about new menu calorie labeling rules. But they’re good for our health and they’ll be good for business competition. When I walk into a Starbucks or a Dunkin Donuts these days, the calorie count on my favorite cruller or apple fritter or frappe glares at me across the aisle, and I […]
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Obama’s calorie rule kicks in thanks to Trump 

An oft-forgotten provision of Obamacare is being pushed over the finish line by Trump’s FDA. One of Barack Obama’s top food policy rules has escaped Donald Trump’s war on regulations. Starting Monday, calorie counts will have to be posted at thousands of restaurants, grocery stores and movie theaters, representing a milestone change in how the […]
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Obamacare’s calorie count rules go into effect

Restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines and pizza delivery services are among the businesses that will have to provide calories counts to consumers starting Monday. The rules, which are among the final pieces of the 2010 Affordable Care Act to be implemented, require restaurants to list calories on all menus and menu boards. Restaurants will also […]
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Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s health-care sabotage

Insurance rates are falling. The states should step up. The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation focused on health-care issues, announced last week that the rate of working-age Americans without health insurance in the group’s annual survey rose to 15.5 percent, up about three percentage points since 2016. Source: Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s […]
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Will new short-term health plans undermine Obamacare?

This is a great deal for young folks. Unfortunately, it could be a very bad deal for the rest of us. n February, the Trump administration announced that it was going to allow insurers to sell short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans to individuals. Reaction to this plan was, let us say, quite mixed. “If consumers […]
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