Yesterday, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray announced an agreement on a bipartisan package of so-called “stabilization" measures to support the individual and small group health insurance marketplaces.
Yesterday, President Trump and Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan announced the “immediate” end of payments to fund cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Coming three weeks before open enrollment, this is the most malicious and harmful attack yet by the Trump Administration on the Affordable Care Act. It will wreak extreme havoc on health care for America’s families. CSR payments cover insurers’ cost of lowering deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for almost 6 million marketplace enrollees in low-wage, working families.
President Trump’s Executive Order accomplishes nothing on its own. However, it asks HHS and the Department of Labor to take the Trump Administration’s ACA sabotage campaign to new heights. With less than three weeks to go before open enrollment begins, the administration is sowing confusion among consumers.
A number of recent Medicaid waiver proposals have included work requirements. Under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, states have the ability to modify their programs to pursue demonstrations that promote the objectives of the Medicaid program: that is, to better deliver care to low-income, eligible people. A number of states currently have, or have applied for, Section 1115 waivers to cover their adult Medicaid population.
After a decade of fruitlessly besieging the city of Troy, the Greeks seemed to sail away for home, leaving behind a gift. “What lovely sculpture,” exclaimed the Trojans. “The Greeks may return, but for now, they have obviously stepped aside from battle. Just look at this beautiful wooden horse!” Troy soon learned to its sorrow that Greek warriors were hiding in the belly of the beast. The gift acclaimed as a sign of peace turned out to be a vehicle for waging further war.