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The House is expected to vote on the much anticipated Save American Workers Business Act (H.R. 3798) in the next few weeks.  The bill would amend the definition of a Full-time employee and suspend ACA penalties for Applicable Large Employers. READ MORE >>

An analysis by the Health Care Cost Institute puts an end to the argument that high utilization is a driving force behind the exorbitant health insurance premium increases.  It is simply the increasing cost of the care rather than the excess utilization.  In fact, utilization is down is just about all categories of care. READ MORE >>

March 8, 2018 - Alex M. Azar II who is the Secretary of Health and Human Services made a bold speech regarding the American Healthcare System and makes no bones about it - "Change is possible, change is necessary, and change is coming." READ MORE >>

Healthcare Reform Magazine (Jan 4, 2018) On Thursday, the Trump administration released new proposed rules to carry out an executive order the President signed in October expanding association health plans to self-employed individuals and small businesses. READ MORE >>

The AP (10/19, Werner, Fram) reports that on Thursday, the bipartisan bill which seeks to stabilize ACA marketplaces “gained momentum...when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support.” The measure’s sponsors, Sens. READ MORE >>

The Hill (10/18, Roubein) reports a bipartisan group of 10 governors called on Congress to vote on the bipartisan legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets. The governors wrote a letter Wednesday that said, “We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation ... READ MORE >>

TIME (10/16, Rhodan) reports that on Monday, President Trump suggested “he may sign off on a ‘short-term fix’ to the Affordable Care Act being put together by Democratic and Republican senators.” During a Cabinet meeting, the President seemed “to reference a bipartisan proposal from Sens. READ MORE >>

Reuters (10/13, Abutaleb, Levine) reported that on Friday, 18 states sued the Trump Administration in order to prevent President Trump from ending ACA subsidy payments to insurers. The article said these subsidies “help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses. READ MORE >>

 On its front page, the Washington Post (10/13, A1, Goldstein, Eilperin) reports that the White House confirmed Thursday that it will stop making federal payments for “cost-sharing reductions,” payments to health insurers “that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. READ MORE >>

The New York Times (10/7, Pear, Subscription Publication) reported that President Trump “is poised to issue an order that could ease some federal rules governing health insurance and make it easier for people to band together and buy coverage on their own,” Administration officials said on Saturday. READ MORE >>

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