Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

State health costs soar, despite reforms’ promise.

Spiking drug costs pressure Oregon Health Plan as care organizations get squeezed. Source: State health costs soar, despitereforms’ promise.

Obamacare under Trump: hospital bundled payments seem to be working

The least-sexy news in health care these days — bundled payments — might also be the most important. A few years ago, under the authority of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government started an experiment: It would pay hospitals a single amount for surgeries to replace joints like knees and hips instead of paying them […]
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Health insurance options available to uninsured Oregonians

Last year, Oregon’s uninsured rate stood at 6 percent, yet about one in 10 Oregonians experienced a gap in coverage. For many, these gaps can be avoided. More than eight in 10 children and adults under 65 who lacked coverage were eligible for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or financial assistance to reduce commercial health […]
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A Texas Lawsuit Could Mean Life Or Death For The ACA 

This week could be pivotal in the life-or-death saga of the Affordable Care Act. In a Texas courtroom on Wednesday, a group of Republican attorneys general, led by Texas’ Ken Paxton, are set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California’s Xavier Becerra, in a lawsuit aimed at striking down […]
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Oregon Approves Final 2019 Health Insurance Rate

Regulators say federal uncertainty will push costs up on the individual marketplace. Health insurance costs will go up next year for most Oregonians who buy their own coverage, according to rate decisions announced Friday. But after successives years of double digit price hikes under the Affordable Care Act, the overall increases are relatively modest this […]
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Cuts to funds that help people find insurance shouldn’t affect Oregon

Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will cut funds by 70 percent. The Trump administration’s move to cut funding for people who help consumers buy individual health insurance plans should not affect Oregon, state officials said, as the state funds its own enrollment assistant program. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace provides grants to community […]
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Administration slashes grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act coverage

Cuts to grass-roots navigators are the latest strategy to undermine the law. The Trump administration is eliminating most of the funding for grass-roots groups that help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance and will for the first time urge the groups to promote health plans that bypass the law’s consumer protections and required benefits. The […]
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Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as Trump Suspends Billions in Payments 

The Trump administration said Saturday that it was suspending a program that pays billions of dollars to insurers to stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, a freeze that could increase uncertainty in the markets and drive up premiums this fall.

Illinois seeks to expand Obamacare coverage of opioid addiction treatment, prevention

Insurers on the state’s Obamacare exchange will be required to cover more services for opioid addiction starting in 2020, if the state has its way. Illinois consumers who buy health insurance through the Obamacare exchange might get more coverage aimed at treating and preventing opioid addiction, starting in 2020, if the state has its way. The Illinois […]
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More Americans pay for ACA health plans, despite Trump administration moves to undercut law

Enrollment is dropping for people who cannot get federal insurance subsidies. The number of Americans who bought and began to pay for Affordable Care Act health plans grew slightly this year, despite repeated efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the insurance marketplaces created under the law, new federal figures show. As of February, a […]
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