Healthcare Reform Updates

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Health Reform and Building Safety: A Partnership for Better Living

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

We cannot reform health care without improving building safety. The connection between the two may not be immediately apparent, but, upon reflection, it is undoubtedly essential. It does not matter how good our health care system is, nor how much better our health care system can be if we overlook the dangers that people face in [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Trump Administration Announces New Proposed Rules for Association Health Plans

By | January 4th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

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. Supporters of the proposed rule claim that association health plans would be less expensive than plans that available today. Challengers to the bill “including insurers“ feel [...]

How Does the Republican Tax Plan Affect Employers?

By | December 20th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

The House of Representatives has passed a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code after it was approved by the Senate early Wednesday morning. This controversial legislation will have a wide-reaching effect on American businesses and individuals, from business tax rates to a restructuring of tax brackets. Curiously for a tax bill, this bill could end [...]

Life Support Training and Healthcare Reform: The Disque Foundation

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

If we want to reform health care for the better, if we want to do so with a solution that is as essential as it is effective, if we want to educate the least among us to be the best of any people at home and abroad, if we want to save lives & to literally [...]

Individual Mandate Repeal Enters Tax Debate

By | November 14th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

After a closed-door lunch meeting Tuesday afternoon, Senate Republicans announced they will add language repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate to the tax bill currently working through Congress. The amendment was introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) This move hopes to fulfill two often-repeated Republican promises; repealing parts of the ACA including the individual mandate [...]

2018 Open Enrollment for ACA Plans Begins Today

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

Today marks the first day of open enrollment for healthcare plans available on the Affordable Care Act exchanges as well as the first under a new presidential administration, and this is leading to some changes for people enrolling. While most of it will be familiar to enrollees; they can still visit healthcare.gov or their state's marketplace [...]

Judge Rules Against 18 States Trying to Revive ACA Subsidies

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria of San Francisco declared the government did not have to continue making subsidy payments to insurers while litigation continues on Wednesday morning. This gives the President and his administration a victory against democratic attorneys general from across the nation. This announcement comes after the Trump administration abolished payments to health insurers [...]

CBO: Bipartisan Alexander-Murray Bill Would Save $3.8 Billion

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a score on Wednesday for last week's bipartisan Alexander-Murray bill that seeks to stabilize the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act for two years. The proposal, as it stands right now without the addition of clauses and negotiations sure to come as the bill moves forward, could lower [...]

Bipartisan Healthcare Deal Falters – What’s Next for ACA?

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

A deal announced yesterday by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to continue ACA CSR payments for two years in exchange for more state flexibility appears to have stalled from conservative opposition. Key among these opponents President Donald Trump, who after the news of the deal voice his support. That support changed as the day [...]

Trump Eliminates ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies, Dismantling of ACA Continues

By | October 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Reform Magazine, Uncategorized|

Last night, the Trump administration continued its dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by eliminating cost-sharing subsidies to insurance companies. These $7 billion in subsidies help roughly 7 million Americans afford healthcare coverage.  This move comes on the heels of President Trump's executive order expanding association health plans, making it easier for individuals and small [...]