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Health Care

01/19/2018

New HHS Division Aims to Protect Religious Rights of Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers who object to performing medical services based on religious or moral beliefs will now find some recourse for refusing service under the Trump administration. On Thursday, January 18, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would be creating a new division under its Office for Civil Rights called the Division of Conscience and Religious ... Read Full Article ›

01/19/2018

Special Enrollment for Recent Natural Disasters – Individual Marketplace & Medicare Affected

On Wednesday, January 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified its position on a special enrollment period created for victims of the 2017 hurricane season in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The CMS announced in September that people in hurricane-impacted areas would be given a special enrollment period (SEP) until December 31, 2017 to sign ... Read Full Article ›

01/19/2018

America’s Top Boss is Now Healthcare

Healthcare now employs more Americans than any other business sector. Throughout the 20th century, the top employers in the U.S. were consistently in retail and manufacturing sectors. While it’s unclear what this increase in the number of healthcare workers will mean for individual patients, the trend doesn’t seem to be in danger of reversing any time soon. How It Happened ... Read Full Article ›

10/19/2017

Special Enrollment Period Announced for Hurricane Impacted Areas

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in late September that if you were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria, you will receive an extension to make changes to your health insurance if you purchased it through the federal health insurance exchange. Medicare recipients were also given an extension to make changes to their plans. Federal Exchange ... Read Full Article ›

09/22/2017

The Graham-Cassidy Bill (GCHJ) – Yay or Nay?

On September 13, four Republican senators released a last-ditch healthcare reform proposal that’s been taking conservative Congress members by storm. The effort, dubbed the “GCHJ bill” after its sponsors – Lindsey Graham (SC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Dean Heller (NV) and Ron Johnson (WI) – will face significant challenges as it races its way through the Senate. That’s because the upper ... Read Full Article ›

09/22/2017

What’s in the New GCHJ Bill?

The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ( GCHJ ) healthcare bill is the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). On September 20, President Donald Trump endorsed the bill, saying it was the best option for replacing the ACA. What is the GCHJ Bill? The GCHJ plan proposes block grants given to states in lieu of the ... Read Full Article ›

09/22/2017

Senate Hearing on Healthcare

In a press release issued on August 22, 2017, Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington announced that the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) would hold hearings in September on how to stabilize the health insurance market for the 2018 enrollment season. Alexander and Murray are ranking members of the committee, and enrollment for ... Read Full Article ›

09/07/2017

Expected Changes For Open Enrollment In 2018

Over the past few months as the current members of Congress attempted to topple the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Americans wondered what the future of healthcare would be. As it stands now, the ACA remains in place as the Senate was unable to pass legislation that would have completely overhauled the healthcare law. This has placed healthcare on the back ... Read Full Article ›

03/18/2017

Final 2017 Enrollment Tally from the CMS – Down 4 Percent from 2016

As of the final enrollment tally released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 15, about 12.2 million people had enrolled in a health insurance plan using Obamacare marketplaces this year. The final tally includes enrollment data from federal and state exchanges, and it represents a slight drop over the final figure for 2016. Then, enrollment topped ... Read Full Article ›

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