Healthcare Reform News Update for October 5, 2017

Healthcare Reform News Update for October 5, 2017

California Strengthens State Marketplace With 2 Laws

Two measures signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday will help ensure extended enrollment and care for citizens who participate in Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The first bill continues the state’s 3-month enrollment period. The second bill enables people with certain serious conditions and those needing maternity or infant care to remain with their established doctors for up to 1 year, even if those physicians are not in the network of their new insurance plan.

“Providing these continuity-of-care protections and keeping a 12-week open enrollment period are simple but important steps to ensure access to care,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California.

Healthcare Reform News Update for October 4, 2017

Obamacare Proponents Launch Enrollment Campaign

A new group started by former Obama administration officials is spearheading an ad campaign called Get America Covered to encourage Americans to buy health insurance during this year’s open enrollment period (OEP), which runs from November 1 to December 15.

Lori Lordes and Joshua Peck, who oversaw enrollment efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama, have joined with political figures and celebrities to create digital advertising to encourage people to sign up.

Get America Covered has formed partnerships with employers, community organizations, and other existing avenues for outreach to try to help offset some of the recent cuts made to the OEP advertising budget by the Trump administration.

Marketplace Stabilization Talks Bring Compromise on Subsidies

On Tuesday, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a bipartisan market stabilization bill, which will continue to fund Obamacare subsidies for 2 more years. Initially, Republicans pushed for 1 year of payments, but Democrats said 2 years would better shore up the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Healthcare Reform News Update for October 2, 2017

Healthcare Ranks as Top Voter Issue

A Morning Consult/Politico survey shows that healthcare is now tied with the economy as the top issue for voters. This is the highest ranking it’s had in more than 3 years. Twenty-four percent of survey respondents said healthcare is the most important voting issue. Liz Hamel, director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Public Opinion and Survey Research team, said: “It has to do with attention being brought to the issue from both sides of the political spectrum.”

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday amid controversy over his use of private jets for personal travel. President Donald Trump appointed Deputy Assistant Health Secretary Don Wright to serve as acting secretary until Price is replaced.

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