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How Illinois hustled to protect Obamacare from Trump

How Illinois hustled to protect Obamacare from Trump

Even before President Donald Trump announced plans last week to nix Obamacare subsidies, the Illinois Department of Insurance raced over the summer to get insurers on board with a strategy to minimize the financial pain of such a move.

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

Rep. Tom Marino will no longer be considered to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. His decision comes just days after news reports revealed he played a critical role in passing legislation that weakened federal authority to control opioid distribution.

Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

Two key senators have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for two years in exchange for greater state flexibility on insurance market rules. While the proposal has industry support, it's unclear whether it can clear Congress.

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order to exempt health plans offered by trade and professional associations from the same coverage requirements as those offered by small businesses and on the individual market. Many fear such a move would drive up premiums for other plans.

CMS agrees with complaints about MACRA

CMS agrees with complaints about MACRA

A top CMS official agrees with an influential congressional advisory group that suggests a new Medicare pay model meant to encourage doctors to improve the quality of patient care needs work and plans to turn to industry stakeholders to help modify the initiative.

Trump to end cost sharing subsidies

Trump to end cost sharing subsidies

In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act.

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