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Trump Wellness Programs Would Gut Protections for People With Pre-Existing Conditions

October 23, 2019

The Trump Administration has invited states to set up so-called wellness programs, with individual-market insurers creating plans with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people who don’t meet certain health targets. Such programs would gut protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) barred individual-market insurers from charging...

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Tax Breaks for Alternatives to Insurance Would Drive More Coverage Gaps

August 1, 2019

As part of a recent executive order that the Trump Administration claims would “improv[e] … transparency in American healthcare,” it’s seeking to increase the tax advantages for two products — health care sharing ministries...

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States Protecting Residents Against Skimpy Short-Term Health Plans

July 24, 2019

Since the Trump Administration issued new rules last year expanding short-term health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) benefit standards and protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a dozen states have strengthened their own limits and...

State Limitations on Short-Term Health Insurance Plans, July 2019

States Aren’t Taking Trump Offers to Weaken Health Coverage, Raise Costs

July 10, 2019

The Trump Administration is encouraging states to pursue “1332” waivers that would weaken health coverage and likely raise consumer costs by letting states depart from some Affordable Care Act (ACA) standards and requirements. But so far, no state has submitted a 1332 waiver proposal...

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Senate Bill Wouldn’t Protect People from Texas v. Azar Fallout

April 15, 2019

In case the Supreme Court declares the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional in Texas v. Azar, 18 Senate Republicans are backing “The Protect Act,” which they say would “ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions will have access to health care that covers their pre-existing conditions.” But the...

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Kansas Bill Would Harm People With Pre-Existing Conditions

April 10, 2019

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly should veto a bill that would let the state’s Farm Bureau sell unregulated health plans to Kansans. That’s because the plans would likely deny coverage and charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing health conditions, omit essential benefits such as maternity care, and impose annual or...

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More States Protecting Residents Against Skimpy Short-Term Health Plans

February 6, 2019

Since the Trump Administration issued new rules last year expanding short-term health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions and benefit standards, nearly a dozen states have set their own limits and...

State Limitations on the Duration of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans, February 2019

With About 2 Weeks Left, Consumers Should Enroll in Marketplace Plans

November 29, 2018

With about two weeks left before the December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans through health insurance marketplaces, people who need health coverage for 2019 should focus on them — and not the short-term plans that new federal rules aim to establish as an alternative. Unlike marketplace plans, short-term plans don’t offer...

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Senate Considering Blocking Expansion of Skimpy Health Plans

October 10, 2018

Update, October 10: we’ve updated this post to include more information about the lawsuit to block the federal rules.

The Senate is expected to vote as soon as today on a resolution to overturn recent federal rules expanding short-term health plans, which are...

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With Federal Rules Weakened, States Should Act to Protect Against Short-Term Health Plans

August 1, 2018

New federal rules, released today, allow short-term plans exempt from pre-existing condition protections and benefit standards to last for up to one year and to be renewed. It’s now up to states to protect their residents and their insurance markets from an expansion of...

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