May 5, 2017

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House of Representatives Passes AHCA, Sends to Senate for Consideration
NAHU Sends Letter Addressing Medicare Agent Compensation Guidance
NAHU Sends Support for Medicare Observation Status Bills
Trump Administration Continues to Send Mixed Signals on CSR Payments as Deadlines Loom
President Trump Expected to Sign Omnibus to Avert Government Shutdown
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What We’re Reading

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! The industry reports are back on this week’s reading list after a historic week in Congress following the passage of the AHCA through the House. While we sip on our margaritas this weekend we’ll be working our way through this reading list, which we can only expect will grow longer in the coming weeks as the Senate sets to take up the mantle.

A new analysis by Avalere Health finds that the high-risk pool funding in the AHCA would only cover a maximum of 600,000 individuals, far from what is expected, and only a few small states would be able to opt-in to the program.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released an analysis showing that the healthcare bill could significantly increase the federal deficit if states adopt the waivers under the AHCA.

A new Morning Consult poll finds that the majority of Americans, including half of Republicans, oppose the AHCA’s provision to allow insurers to charge more for consumers with pre-existing conditions.

The left-leaning Center for American Progress released a new analysis predicting that the AHCA would fall far short in funding high-risk pools, leaving states on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars.

Health Affairs writes that pre-existing condition bans isn’t enough to protect consumers.

The Trump Administration is continuing to enforce the ACA’s individual mandate, including penalizing individuals without insurance, despite the president’s first-day executive order to ease the law’s regulatory burden.

Numerous healthcare industry groups came out in opposition to the AHCA ahead of Thursday’s vote. Politico looks at why this is the case.

The moderate Republican “Tuesday Group” and the New Democrats teamed up for this op-ed about how they plan to work together on bipartisan policy solutions.

The Wall Street Journal argues that the debate over pre-existing conditions has been exaggerated as a political problem.

While three-in-five Americans prefer to keep the ACA, Congressional Republicans are compelled to keep moving on making good on their promise to repeal the law, as two-third of Republican voters still want to see it replaced.

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that would ease the enforcement of rules barring religious groups from political activities and to provide relief to religious organizations from the ACA requirement to provide birth control; however, a White House official acknowledged that the executive order would not change current law, meaning it’s unclear what substantive effect it will have, if any.

An amendment in the AHCA could affect employer sponsored insurance by allowing waivers that could jeopardize out of pocket caps for employer plans. 

Kaiser’s latest tracking poll finds that an overwhelming 92% of Americans support the proposal for Medicare to negotiate drug prices—an idea favored both by Bernie Sanders and President Trump.

Democrats were surprisingly supportive of the move by the House to vote on repealing the ACA, contending that the vote will put as many as 40 vulnerable Republicans on the record for repealing the health law, many who represent Democratic-leaning districts—similarly to how Republicans pinned Democrats on the ill-fated “cap and trade” energy bill in the House in 2010.

Puerto Rico, already facing an existential financial crisis, is also facing a brain drain among its physicians as medical students flee the island for their residencies and never return.

Dominos made it so you can order a pizza with an emoji. They now want their app to turn off your lawn sprinklers before the delivery driver shows up at the front door.

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