In the Health Reform Update for this week, President Trump signs a temporary spending bill that reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years but delays Affordable Care Act (ACA) taxes on health insurers and high-cost health plans.
New York and Minnesota sue the Trump Administration for $1 billion in cuts to the Basic Health Plan option they exercised under the ACA, which provided them enhanced federal reimbursement for covering lower-income Marketplace enrollees in limited cost-sharing plans.
Despite lacking federal approval, Idaho’s Insurance Director offers individual market consumers lower cost limited-benefit plans that let insurers impose lifetime caps, deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, and vary premiums based on health status. Facing a class-action lawsuit, Kentucky’s governor threatens to eliminate his state’s entire Medicaid expansion under the ACA if courts do not uphold his new federally-approved work requirements for “able-bodied” Medicaid adults. Oregon voters approve a tax hike to fund their state’s Medicaid expansion—the first such ballot referendum in the nation.