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Effects of Medicare Advantage Enrollment on Beneficiary Risk Scores: Working Paper 2017-08

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/53270

Explores differences in the methods used to determine federal payments for Medicare Advantage versus Fee for Service patients and why the former are assigned higher risk scores leading to higher government payments.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53300-individualmandate.pdf

Concludes that repealing the mandate that requires citizens to have health insurance would reduce federal budget deficits by $338 billion between 2018 and 2027, cause the number of people with health insurance to decrease by four million in 2019 and 13 million by 2027, and cause average health insurance premiums to increase by 10% in most years.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Child Well-Being: Key Considerations for Policymakers

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688252.pdf

Examines what is known about the state of child well-being and discusses selected experts’ views on what policymakers could consider doing.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Long-Term Trends in Health Insurance Coverage

Categories: Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/health_insurance/TrendHealthInsurance1968_2016.pdf

Shows trends in health insurance coverage from 1968 to 2016 including number and percentage of people with coverage, type of coverage, and those uninsured.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Payments to Issuers for Cost-Sharing Reductions

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Income/Poverty

https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/csr-payment-memo.pdf

Unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act by action of Congress, the Trump Administration used the following legal opinion by Attorney General Sessions to end federal subsidy payments which enable low income citizens to buy ACA health insurance plans.   From the Health and Human Services Department

 

Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States

Categories: Health Insurance

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/12/presidential-executive-order-promoting-healthcare-choice-and-competition

Calls for expanding access to health insurance by providing for health insurance sales across state lines, encouraging small employers to form association health plans, and allowing for limited-duration insurance plans that lack the mandatory coverage features of Affordable Care Plans.  From the White House.

 

A Premium Support System for Medicare: Updated Analysis of Illustrative Options

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53077-premiumsupport.pdf

Updates the agency’s past work on Medicare premium support proposals, presents new estimates of the budgetary effects of those proposals, and explains reasons behind the changed estimates, including changes in law that have affected the Medicare program.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Women

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-21851.pdf

Interim final regulations involving contraception coverage requirements which would expand the number and type of organizations that can claim religious objections to providing women with contraceptive coverage as part of their health insurance plans.  From the Federal Register and the Health and Human Services Department

 

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