Policy

Another unexpected threat to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, came in the form of a federal appeals court, which asked if Democratic states and the House of Representatives have the right to defend the healthcare law in a lawsuit, Politico reported.

Healthcare stocks are reeling following an executive order from President Trump that would give HHS the ability to require hospitals and health insurance companies to provide patients with prices for healthcare services based on negotiated rates.

As surprise billing solutions are more readily being talked about in Congress and among healthcare leaders in the industry, Americans are blaming their insurance companies for the problem, according to a recent survey from Morning Consult and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

HHS has sent its proposal to base certain drug prices on an international index to the White House last week, according to a report from The Hill.

President Trump's new executive order will enable HHS to require hospitals and insurers to disclose negotiated rates for healthcare services and give patients their out-of-pocket costs before their procedures, according to CNBC.

Arkansas, the first state to implement work requirements for certain Medicaid beneficiaries, isn’t seeing the promised benefit of increased employment as a result of the new rules, according to a recent report from The Commonwealth Fund.

 

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would have serious, immediate consequences, according to the Urban Institute, including 20 million more uninsured people.

President Trump is planning to issue an executive order that will “compel the disclosure” of healthcare prices, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter.

President Trump is promising a new healthcare plan for the nation in recent media interviews, though there have been scant details so far.

 

The pharmaceutical industry is taking action after the Trump administration finalized a rule that would require drugmakers to publish list prices in television ads.

The Trump administration was warned that its policy changes undermining the Affordable Care Act would cause disruption to healthcare coverage and likely increase taxes, according to a leaked internal memo, first reported by Politico. CMS Administrator Seema Verma penned the memo in August 2018 and outlined how several policy changes could negatively impact the ACA market.

 

As Medicare for all continues to gain traction among American voters and more Democratic presidential nominees take up the platform, the American Medical Association has decided not to support such an initiative.