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Health Insurance

Congress Faces Deadline to Renew Children’s Health Insurance Program

Washington, DC, August 25, 2017 — Rachel Roubein and Nathaniel Weixel today report in The Hill that Congress is approaching a healthcare deadline with enormous stakes for millions of people — and this time it isn’t about Obamacare.

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which serves 9 million low- and middle-income children, is set to expire at the end of September, setting up a crucial deadline for a Congress already grappling with other high-stakes battle.

The looming deadline for CHIP has been overshadowed by the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, and lawmakers left town for the summer without addressing the issue. Continue reading

Business Survey: Large U.S. Employers Project Health Care Benefit Costs to Surpass $14,000 per Employee in 2018

Washington, DC, August 10, 2017 — Faced with another 5 percent increase in health care benefit costs, a growing number of large U.S. employers plan to focus more on how health care is delivered and paid for while still pursuing traditional methods of controlling costs such as cost sharing and plan design changes, according to an annual survey by the National Business Group on Health.

As a result, more employees will have access to broader health care services, including telemedicine, Centers of Excellence and onsite health centers during open enrollment while not experiencing major increases in their costs.

“The Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey” found employers project the total cost of providing medical and pharmacy benefits to rise 5 percent for the fifth consecutive year in 2018. Continue reading

Study: NJ Would See Job Loss Under House GOP’s Obamacare Repeal and Replace Proposal

Washington, DC, June 19, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NewJersey.com that New Jersey would lose more jobs than all but five other states under the House Republican health care bill, according to a study released June 14.

The Garden State would lose 42,000 jobs by 2026, behind only New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, and Illinois, according to the study by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that supports efforts to increase health coverage.

Overall, according to the study, the 10 states with the largest job losses by 2026 are:

  1. New York (86,000)
  2. Pennsylvania (85,000)
  3. Florida (83,000)
  4. Michigan (51,000)
  5. Illinois (46,000)
  6. New Jersey (42,000)
  7. Ohio (42,000)
  8. North Carolina (41,000)
  9. California (32,000)
  10. Tennessee (28,000).

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House GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Would Leave 470K More New Jerseyans Without Health Insurance

Washington, DC, May 26, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger that almost 470,000 additional New Jersey residents wouldn’t have health insurance coverage under the House Republican-passed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Thursday.

More than half of the 469,500 residents — 246,000 — would not be covered due to the American Health Care Act’s $834 billion cut to Medicaid, which would end the extra federal funding for new enrollees in states like New Jersey that expanded the program under the current health care law. Continue reading

CBO Reports: House GOP’s Health Reform Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in 10 Years

Washington, DC, May 25, 2017 — House Republicans-drafted and -passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, would result in 23 million fewer people with health insurance over 10 years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced yesterday late afternoon.

This total is less than the CBO’s accounting of a previous version of the bill, which lacked enough GOP support to go to the House floor for a vote. Continue reading

CBO to Release Score of House-Passed GOP Healthcare Bill on May 24

Washington, DC, May 20, 2017The Hill reports that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its analysis of the House-passed Republicans’ healthcare reform bill Wednesday afternoon, May 24.

The long-awaited analysis of the bill will give an idea of how the legislation will impact the deficit and how many people could lose coverage.

The initial version showed that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026. Continue reading

Kaiser Study: 6 Million with Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Charged More Under GOP Plan

Washington, DC, May 18, 2017 — Nathaniel Weixel reports in The Hill that more than 6 million people with pre-existing conditions could face higher insurance premiums under the House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill because of gaps in coverage, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Under the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the House last month, states would be allowed to waive the community rating provision of Obamacare, which prevents insurers from charging more for those with pre-existing conditions. Continue reading

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Says Trumpcare Bill ‘Will Not Be Quick’

Sen. Mitch McConnell

Washington, DC, May 9, 2017 — Jordain Carney reports in The Hill that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is signaling that the Senate will not quickly pass legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system after a bill cleared the House last week.

“This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done,” McConnell said on May 8.

McConnell added that “to those who have suffered enough already my message is this: We hear you, and Congress is acting.” Continue reading

House-Passed GOP’s Trumpcare Would Hit New Jersey Harder Than Any Other State

Washington, DC, May 8, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that U.S. House Republican cuts to Medicaid in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would hit New Jersey harder than any other state.

The bill, which was passed by the House on May 4, would leave 500,000 more Garden State residents without health insurance than under current law, and New Jersey no longer would get extra federal funding for expanding Medicaid.

While New Jersey officials likely won’t seek waivers to allow insurers to sell bare-boned insurance policies and jack up rates for those with pre-existing conditions, the House Republicans’ health bill would hurt the state in many other ways. Continue reading

New Jersey Policy Perspective Reports: An Obamacare Repeal Without Replacement Will ‘Devastate’ the Garden State

Trenton, NJ, February 22, 2017 — According to a new report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective, if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — well known as Obamacare — and doesn’t replace it, the loss of coverage for an estimated 800,000 New Jersey residents would be only part of the story, reports Lindy Washburn in The Record/NorthJersey.com.

The report presents county-by-county data about the effect of ACA repeal.

In addition, Livio reports that more than 210,000 seniors who rely on Medicare and have substantial prescription drug needs would face higher out-of-pocket costs. Continue reading