Posts for Affordable Care Act

The Takeaway: Oh Aetna, Aetna, Aetna

Without a doubt the biggest health policy/politics story of last week was Aetna’s announced pullout from a large number of ACA markets.

The Takeaway: Are We Seeing the Last Gasp of Repeal and Replace? (Maybe Kinda Sorta)

It's been a surprising electoral campaign in many respects, but from a health policy standpoint, what isn't happening is perhaps as surprising as what is happening.

Making Non-Discriminatory Benefit Design a Reality

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Essential Health Benefits (EHB) completely changed health coverage by requiring health plans on the individual and small-group market to cover the same ten benefits without discrimination. These 10 essential categories of benefits range from general—office...

The Takeaway: Reflecting on the ACA

It was a big week for reflecting on the accomplishments of, and challenges facing, the ACA and the U.S. health care system. President Obama released an article in JAMA.

The Takeaway: Problems With The House Republican ACA Replace "Plan"? Let Me Count The Ways

After six-plus years of rhetoric and sixty-some repeal votes, the House Republican caucus finally produced a document they refer to as a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. (To call the plan disappointing would be an understatement. Despite my...

New Report Finds Value in the ACA’s Marketplaces

Amidst the noise of insurance companies deciding whether or not to sell on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces and proposed rates “doom,” the Commonwealth Fund released a new report that paints a brighter picture of the ACA and its...

The Takeaway: Summer Reruns

The thing about health policy “news” is that the same stories keep popping up over and over. This week we were treated to another episode of the long-running drama, “Repeal and Replace,” and also a sequel to that summertime favorite,...

Full Steam Ahead! Advocates Shaping the Conversation on Closing the Gap in Idaho

After years of silence within the Idaho Legislature on closing the coverage gap, and no visible intention of addressing it in the 2016 legislative session, advocates refused to leave 78,000 Idahoans in the gap and successfully shifted the conversation on...

The Takeaway: Cruz Issues An ACA Replacement Plan (April Fool)

Actually, he has done no such thing. His willingness to bring the federal government to a grinding halt in order to grandstand on the issue earned him a lot of notoriety. But when it comes to “replace,” the candidate remains vague at best.
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