In the Health Reform Update for this week, a federal judge in Texas declares the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional due to Congress’ repeal of the individual mandate tax penalty but stays his ruling pending appeal.
TEXAS JUDGE DECLARES ACA INVALID. Ruling is stayed pending appeal. A lower court ruled late Friday that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) must be overturned because Congress zeroed out the tax penalty for the law’s mandate that everyone purchase health insurance they could afford.
Federally-facilitated Marketplace enrollment continues to lag by more than ten percent after dramatic cuts to marketing and outreach. However, states that created their own Marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are signing-up more consumers than during last year’s open enrollment period.
Voters in Nebraska, Idaho, and Utah approve ballot referendums requiring their state to participate in the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, while Democratic gains in Kansas, North Carolina, and Wisconsin greatly increase the likelihood of Medicaid expansion in those states.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) joins with Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in predicting that average benchmark premiums will slightly decline next year for consumers in federally-facilitated Marketplaces.
In the Health Reform Update for this week, Senate Democrats fall one vote short in their effort to block Trump Administration regulations expanding the use of short-term health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Patient Services, Inc., and their supporters gathered at the Newseum in Washington D.C. recently for an Evening of Hope. On a Facebook post celebrating the special evening, PSI stated, “You are the reason behind our drive, our fight & our passion. It was our absolute honor to celebrate you all.”