Category: Affordable Care Act


Congress Passes $1.3 Trillion Spending Plan, Funds Government Through FY 2018

After weeks of negotiations, Congressional leaders this week emerged with a $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill that will fund the federal government through the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year, with funding expiring on September 30. The expansive 2,232 page bill featured significant increases in both defense spending, which was widely supported by President Trump…

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CHIP Temporarily Funded, PPHF Cuts Included in Short-Term Government Funding Measure Passed by Congress

Late this week, Congress passed another short-term government funding measure, once again narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. Recall, Congress passed a two-week funding measure on December 7 that extended current federal government funding levels through today, December 22. Congressional Republicans were left scrambling to piece together a funding measure earlier this week after placing much…

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Extended Deadline for Covered California Enrollment Ends Today, National Enrollment Nearly Matches Last Year

Given a surge in consumer interest, Covered California extended the enrollment deadline through today, December 22, for health coverage that will begin on January 1, 2018. Over the last two weeks, Covered California has experienced a significant increase in new consumers signing up for coverage. Overall open enrollment figures compared to last year are also…

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Congressional Republicans Reach Deal on Tax Reform, Votes to be Held Next Week

On Wednesday, Senate and House Republicans struck an agreement on a consolidated sweeping tax reform bill. Recall, Congressional Republicans entered into conference last week to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House tax reform measures that were recently passed by both houses. Full details of the agreed-upon measure were not available at the time…

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CHIP Reauthorization, PPHF Cuts Proposed in Latest House Government Funding Bill

This week, House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey) introduced a continuing resolution to extend government funding through January 19, 2018. Recall, last week Congress passed a two-week government funding measure that expires next Friday, December 22. In addition to extending overall government funding, H.J. Res. 124, which is currently in the House…

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Senate Poised to Pass Massive Tax Reform Measure

After a series of fast-paced negotiations this week, U.S. Senate Republicans are poised to pass their sprawling $1.4 trillion tax reform measure with a vote expected yet this evening. On Tuesday, the Senate Budget Committee advanced the tax measure on a 12-11 partisan vote, clearing the way for a full Senate vote on the floor….

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Congress Pushes Forward with Tax Reform Measures

This week, Congressional Republicans pushed forward with tax reform measures that could end up having a significant impact on public health. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sprawling tax bill, while the Senate continues work on their own proposal. This week’s actions are detailed below: House Passes Measure, Could Result in Impacts to Public…

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Covered California Enrollment Jumps 23 Percent

During the first two weeks of open enrollment, the number of new customers enrolling in health insurance through the Covered California marketplace jumped 23 percent compared to the same period last year. More than 48,000 new customers signed up for subsidized health plan coverage between November 1 and November 14 this year, compared to 39,000…

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Congressional Republicans Consider Repealing Individual Mandate, CBO Releases Analysis

As part of ongoing discussions and debate around tax reform measures, Congressional Republicans are considering repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance coverage mandate. Such a move would likely provide offsets for additional tax cuts that have recently been proposed by Republicans, though reports have revealed several Republicans are concerned about the chances of a…

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