The Trump Administration wants to turn back the clock on protections for health care consumers established by the Affordable Care Act. This latest act of sabotage on the health law came in the form of a proposed rule released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed rule would make it legal to sell “short-term insurance” plans for long periods of time that do not comply with the ACA’s consumer protections.
High and rising prescription drug prices force consumers to skip doses or even avoid filling their prescriptions for life-saving medications altogether. Now is the perfect time for Congress to finally begin to take action by including the bipartisan CREATES Act in the omnibus legislation to fund the government, which must pass Congress by March 23rd.
Under the Guise of “Health Insurance Stabilization,” Congress Should Not Axe Financial Help for Low-Wage Families
In negotiations over stabilizing the individual health insurance market, lawmakers are considering slashing federal health care assistance for low- and moderate-income consumers by more than $27 billion a year.
Enacting the new proposal from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will be worse for consumers than if Congress does nothing at all to stabilize the individual insurance market. If this is the best package members can produce, we encourage Congress to reject it.
Yesterday, the Trump administration told insurers and regulators in Idaho that they cannot sell health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. This is the first recognition from the administration that the ACA remains the law of the land.
Members of Congress and the Trump Administration have frequently proposed measures that would eliminate or undermine essential health benefits (EHBs) established by the Affordable Care Act.
This means getting rid of a core protection for people with pre-existing conditions. And it would have devastating consequences for millions of people.
Weakening or eliminating the EHB requirements would leave millions without any affordable health care options, forcing them to pay out of pocket for needed care or go without care all together.
Funding CSR Payments in the Health Insurance Stabilization Package Could Harm Low- and Middle-Income Consumers
Families USA strongly supports bipartisan efforts to give consumers affordable health insurance in the individual market. A successful stabilization bill would enhance affordability and access by raising advance premium tax credits (APTCs), funding reinsurance, financing outreach and enrollment assistance, and stopping proposed regulations that would let short-term plans and association health plans (AHPs) substantially undermine the individual market.
On March 5, 2018, CMS approved Arkansas’ request to add a work requirement to its Medicaid program. Equally important, it did not approve the state’s request to roll back Medicaid eligibility to a partial Medicaid expansion. Both tell us a lot about what’s behind CMS’s approach to Medicaid waivers, and what states can expect to have, and not have, approved. View factsheet here.
CMS has approved work requirements (sometimes spun as “community engagement” requirements) in three states: Arkansas, Kentucky, and Indiana. Eight additional states have similar requests pending, and CMS appears likely to approve those requests, as well. Litigation challenging the authority of the executive branch to approve work requirements—rules that are contained nowhere in Medicaid law—have also begun.