Republicans Face Dilemma on Timing of Health-Law Replacement

Do they act before or after the 2018 midterm elections? Either choice carries political risks The Wall Street Journal By Stephanie Armour and Kristina Peterson Dec. 9, 2016 7:00 a.m. ET WASHINGTON—Republicans united in their desire to overturn the Affordable Care Act are divided over whether to replace it before or after the 2018 elections,… Read More

Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed

THE NEW YORK TIMES By REED ABELSON DEC. 6, 2016 The nation’s health insurers, resigned to the idea that Republicans will repeal the Affordable Care Act, on Tuesday publicly outlined for the first time what the industry wants to stay in the state marketplaces, which have provided millions of Americans with insurance under the law…. Read More

Senate Republican Leaders Vow to Begin Repeal of Health Law Next Month

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAR DEC. 6, 2016 WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders, after meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, said on Tuesday that they would move immediately next month to start repealing the Affordable Care Act, despite qualms among some of their members. “The Obamacare repeal resolution will be the first item… Read More

Crossing State Lines Is No Easy Jaunt for Insurers and Local Regulators

GOP’s intention to allow companies to sell policies nationwide using one state’s rules raises questions within industry and government The Wall Street Journal By Stephanie Armour and Anna Wilde Mathews Updated Dec. 3, 2016 6:29 p.m. ET As Republicans gear up to overhaul the federal health law, they face pushback from a couple unexpected corners… Read More

G.O.P. Plans Immediate Repeal of Health Law, Then a Delay

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAR, JENNIFER STEINHAUER and THOMAS KAPLAN DEC. 2, 2016 WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress plan to move almost immediately next month to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as President-elect Donald J. Trump promised. But they also are likely to delay the effective date so that they have several years… Read More

Donald Trump Signals Big Health Policy Changes Are Coming

Picks of Tom Price, Seema Verma suggest full speed ahead for dismantling Affordable Care Act, transforming Medicare and Medicaid From The Wall Street Journal By Louise Radnofsky Updated Nov. 29, 2016 3:46 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—In tapping Rep. Tom Price and Medicaid consultant Seema Verma Tuesday for top health positions, President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that… Read More

Republicans aim to start Obamacare repeal in January

POLITICO By Jennifer Haberkorn 11/16/16 07:30 PM EST Republicans on Capitol Hill are growing confident that they can begin to repeal Obamacare once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, along with a pledge to replace it later. “We have an Obamacare emergency right now,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate HELP… Read More

Donald Trump and GOP Lawmakers Turn to Health-Law Overhaul

Focus turns to goal of replacing the Affordable Care Act THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Stephanie Armour and Louise Radnofsky Nov. 9, 2016 7:52 p.m. ET Congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump are in agreement: The Affordable Care Act as it now stands is over. On the day after the election, the focus turned quickly… Read More

The Future of Obamacare Looks Bleak

THE NEW YORK TIMES By Margot Sanger-Katz November 9, 2016 Republicans in Congress have been calling for the repeal of Obamacare since it passed in 2010. With control of both houses of Congress and the presidency, they may finally get their chance to undo huge, consequential parts of the health law next year. If they… Read More

Change to small employer definition hurting some businesses

POLITICO By Dan Goldberg 10/11/16 05:28 AM EDT Larry Lee is executive director at the New York Asian Women’s Center, a Manhattan-based nonprofit that helps women overcome domestic violence. In 2015, it cost $508,748 to provide health insurance to his employees. In 2016, however, his health insurance cost jumped nearly 24 percent to $629,763, an… Read More