Category: Health Policy News

Health Policy News Hosts Round Table Discussion of Public Option Programs

On October 9th, Health Policy News held the second event in our 2018 Fall Webinar Series. This webinar featured a round table discussion on the history of public options, and the various design and programmatic options available to states crafting such programs. The HPN team was joined by a buy-in expert from the PCG Health ...

Health Policy News September Edition

With late-breaking summer developments at the federal level on Association Health Plans (AHPs) and Short Term Limited Duration Insurance (STLDI), and additional guidance rolling out at the state level, it was a busy end of summer for states and health policy SMEs alike.  To assist states, this edition includes an overview of recent state activity ...

Health Policy News May 2018

In this edition of Health Policy News, we continue our series of updates on state innovation in health policy. In follow-up to last year's series on 1332 State Innovation Waivers, this year we have focused on other ideas and efforts percolating across the country and aimed at strengthening health insurance markets and expanding access to ...

Health Policy News April 2018

After months of uncertainty and waiting, guidance on various regulatory and policy changes have been issued this month by the federal administration. While we still await final guidance on association health plans and short term limited duration plans, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final Benefit and Payment Parameters, and ...

Mitigating the Loss of the Individual Mandate: State Based Health Insurance Mandates

In December 2017, the federal administration’s tax bill – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, phased out the individual mandate requirements, with the penalty for failing to have qualified insurance eliminated starting in 2019. For 2018, the mandate remains, with the penalty set at $695 per adult or 2.5% of household income, whichever is higher.  ...

Health Policy News March 2018

This month's edition focuses on efforts underway across the country to protect consumers from rising prescription drug costs and reduce or cap state drug spending. Health Policy News subject matter experts released a special report and legislative tracking tool outlining state and federal efforts, along with suggestions for states on how to approach this high ...

Health Policy News Early Fall 2017

We hope that you enjoyed a restful and relaxing end to your summer, returning energized for what is looking like a busy legislative and regulatory season. We held this edition of Health Policy News for the final outcome of the Congressional push to make changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the September 30th ...

Health Policy News June 2017

On May 4th, the House passed the American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628 (AHCA), proposing significant changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provisions. The bill is currently in the Senate, but the Senate has yet to release their version. Unlike the House, the Senate ...

Health Policy News March 2017

The primary focus of this month's edition of Health Policy News is the recently-introduced American Health Care Act. The bill has received much attention in D.C. and nationwide as it moves quickly through the U.S. House of Representatives. To help you understand what the bill would mean for private health insurance and Medicaid going forward, PCG ...

Health Policy News February 2017

PCG subject matter experts are working hard to keep up with the fast-moving action related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, Medicare, prescription drug pricing, and other topics under debate at the federal level, as we are sure our readers are as well. Health Policy News seeks to be a source of reliable information ...