Understanding the New Contraceptive Coverage Rules

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Editor’s note: Employers with fewer than 100 employees can modify their health plans only at renewal and not before Jan. 1, 2018. Also, most insurance companies have filed their rates and plans for early 2018, so any changes to policies are unlikely before spring, if not summer, of next year. Several states have gone to… Read more »

Senate Republicans Hope to Vote on ObamaCare Replacement by July 4

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While the nation’s attention lately has shifted to other topics – Russian investigations, among them – Senate Republicans have been working on their version of health care reform. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told President Donald Trump last week that the Senate may vote on health care legislation by July 4. “We’re getting… Read more »

A look at what’s in the House GOP health care bill

Its fate is far from assured but the House voted 217-213 Thursday on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act in favor of the GOP-crafted American Health Care Act. Among employers, the provision likely to get some of the closest attention would eliminate the mandate that larger companies offer affordable coverage to their… Read more »

House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

The House on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering their promise to reshape American health care. The vote, 217­-213, on President Trump’s 105th day in office, keeps alive the Republican dream… Read more »

How Trump Insurance Changes Could Affect Coverage Next Year

A much tighter sign-up deadline and coverage delays will be waiting for some health insurance customers now that President Donald Trump’s administration has finished a plan designed to stabilize shaky insurance markets. Shoppers will have a shorter time period to choose a 2018 plan and a harder time enrolling outside that window if they lose… Read more »

3 Things We Now Know About How Obamacare Might Change

While it’s not a finished product, GOP lawmakers are expected to unveil legislation sometime this week to repeal and replace ObamaCare. According to various news reports, here’s a general idea of three changes the Republicans will attempt to push through. 1. It would seek to protect people with pre-existing conditions The ObamaCare provision that bars… Read more »

New Day for ‘Narrow Networks’?

Employers’ use of what are known as narrow provider networks may soon widen. That, at least, is the conclusion of a study by the Washington-based Employee Benefit Research Institute that found businesses are giving narrow networks renewed attention in their pursuit of cost savings. These networks, which limit health plan enrollees to fewer doctors and hospitals,… Read more »