McConnell To Bring ACA Repeal Bill To Senate Floor Next Week

    The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/20, Sullivan) reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “plans to bring a bill to undo the Affordable Care Act to the Senate floor next week, a McConnell spokesman said Wednesday.” The legislation “would convert funding for the ACA into block grants for the states and would cut Medicaid dramatically over time.” 


    CBO Predicts Higher Premiums For ACA Plans, Lower Enrollment.

    The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/14, Fram) reports that according to the Congressional Budget Office, average premiums for plans purchased through Affordable Care Act exchanges will increase by about 15 percent in 2018, mainly due to “marketplace nervousness over whether President Donald Trump will block federal subsidies to insurers.” 


    Graham, Cassidy Working On "Last-Ditch" Effort To Repeal ACA
    On its website, NBC News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/11, Caldwell) reports that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are embarking on another effort to repeal the ACA, “preparing to offer legislation that would try to bridge one of the key dividing elements of an effort that has twice failed to pass the senate, according to a section-by-section analysis obtained by NBC News.”


    ACA Navigators Shutting Down Due To Lack Of Funding From HHS
    Modern Healthcare Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/11, Livingston, Subscription Publication) reports that organizations which help consumers navigate ACA marketplaces “are shutting down because the federal government isn’t paying them.” Many of them, “including the University of South Florida, which received the country’s largest federal grant for navigation services in 2016, are suspending education and outreach activities ahead of the 2018 open enrollment period that is slated to begin Nov. 1.” 


    Governors From Both Parties Urge Congress To Stabilize ACA Marketplaces

    The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/7, Eilperin, Goldstein) reports that on Thursday, five governors from both parties urged Congress “to bolster the insurance exchanges created under the law, challenging President Trump’s argument that those marketplaces are unsalvageable.”

    Parliamentarian Rules Senate GOP Has Only Until Month's End to Repeal ACA Using Reconciliation

    The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/1) reported that Senate Republicans are running out of time to use reconciliation to repeal the Affordable Care Act because Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate parliamentarian, said the “rules governing the effort will expire when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.”


    Pressure Builds For Congress To Fund Children's Health Insurance Program
    The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (8/29, Armour, Subscription Publication) reports that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will expire on September 30, 2017 unless Congress reauthorizes it.