Many state legislatures are passing the midpoint for 2018 sessions, and trends are emerging in their efforts to tackle health care affordability and coverage. States are also reacting to federal activity around Medicaid and private market coverage including the repeal of the individual mandate. Below are some of the noteworthy state health legislative measures already moving this year.
The Republican tax plan that President Trump signed into law in late December ended the federal government’s enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Starting tax season in 2020, people who were uninsured the previous year will no longer pay penalties on their federal income tax returns.