Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON | AP Exclusive: Modest premium hikes as ‘Obamacare’ stabilizes

WASHINGTON — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year’s midterm elections. The Associated Press and the consulting … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP Exclusive: Modest premium hikes as ‘Obamacare’ stabilizes

AUSTIN, Texas | No immediate ruling in GOP’s latest ‘Obamacare’ lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas— The latest push to scrap the Affordable Care Act once and for all pressed ahead Wednesday as Republican-controlled states asked a federal judge to finish what Congress started last year and bring the law that insures 20 million Americans to a halt. A small group of protesters, some holding signs reading “Save the … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | No immediate ruling in GOP’s latest ‘Obamacare’ lawsuit

Chicago News: Mayor Emanuel, City of Chicago File New Lawsuit Against Trump Administration for Increasing Costs of Health Care & Number of Uninsured Americans by Intentionally Undercutting the Affordable Care Act

Chicago, along with Columbus, Cincinnati, Baltimore & individuals in Charlottesville, Virginia, assisted by non-profit legal organization Democracy Forward, charge that President Trump’s politically motivated attempts to dismantle the ACA violate his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel announced today that the City … Continue reading Chicago News: Mayor Emanuel, City of Chicago File New Lawsuit Against Trump Administration for Increasing Costs of Health Care & Number of Uninsured Americans by Intentionally Undercutting the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON | Consumers getting more options for short-term health plans

WASHINGTON — Consumers will have more options to buy cheaper, short-term health insurance under a new Trump administration rule, but there’s no guarantee the plans will cover pre-existing conditions or provide benefits like coverage of prescription drugs. Administration officials said Wednesday the short-term plans will last up to 12 months and can be renewed for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Consumers getting more options for short-term health plans

FRANKFORT, Ky. | Kentucky drug overdose deaths jump 11.5 percent in 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Since 2011, a year when Kentucky was flooded with 371 million doses of opioid painkillers, state officials have cracked down on pain clinics, sued pharmaceutical companies and limited how many pills doctors can prescribe. The result is nearly 100 million fewer opioid prescriptions in 2017 — and an 11.5 percent increase in … Continue reading FRANKFORT, Ky. | Kentucky drug overdose deaths jump 11.5 percent in 2017

WASHINGTON | Trump administration slashes ‘Obamacare’ sign-up assistance

WASHINGTON— For the second time in days, the Trump administration is taking action to undercut the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced steep funding cuts for sign-up assistance through state-based programs called “navigators.” Financing for the 2019 enrollment season is being cut to $10 million from $36 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump administration slashes ‘Obamacare’ sign-up assistance

Washington Political News: Representative Sandy Levin Blasts ACA Navigator Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Sandy Levin (D-MI), the Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announced funding cuts for Affordable Care Act Navigators: “Once again the Trump Administration has taken action to sabotage health care provided under the Affordable Care Act.  Vulnerable … Continue reading Washington Political News: Representative Sandy Levin Blasts ACA Navigator Cuts

WASHINGTON | Justice Department says heart of health law unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions. The decision, announced in a filing in a federal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Justice Department says heart of health law unconstitutional