On October 12, 2017, the Trump administration announced that they would stop funding the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that the lowest income participants purchasing coverage in the Marketplace receive. These cost-sharing reduction payments are for participants who have a household income that does not exceed 250 % of the federal poverty level.
What is a single-payer system? At its core, single-payer is a system in which all Americans are insured by the federal government. The government, by collecting taxes, pays providers on behalf of citizens, and the citizens have no out of pocket costs. Many developed countries throughout the world currently have some sort of single-payer system for […]
With the completion of mid-term elections in November, I have been wondering what changes we should expect with the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While Republicans spent the last two years looking for ways to repeal or weaken PPACA, Democrats campaigned during this most recent election on the promise to protect and strengthen the […]
As we near the end of 2017, medical insurers are faced with including the Health Insurance Providers Fee back into their rates on plans that renew on January 1, 2018. This fee has been included in plans since 2014 with the implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It is designed to help […]