States Face Challenge in Curbing Premiums After Stabilization Package Fails

March 27, 2018

After opposing Republican efforts to expand federal abortion funding prohibitions to Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction payments and other measures, Senate Democrats opposed the GOP-led stabilization package with its funding for CSRs and a $30 billion reinsurance pool. Without Democratic support, the measure was dropped this week from the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, the last must-pass legislation of the year. To insurers' dismay, it isn't likely to come back. Read More

Leading Liberal Group Opposes Proposal for Obamacare Funds

March 20, 2018

A leading liberal health-care advocacy group is warning against a proposal to fund ObamaCare payments, saying the move would actually harm consumers. The group, Families USA, is opposing a plan released on Wednesday from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in large part because the proposal would fund ObamaCare payments known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Read More

Those Coupons People Use for Expensive Meds Are Starting to Count for Less

March 20, 2018

Coupons, which are used to get steep discounts, typically come in the form of cards that consumers get in drug ads or from doctors. Coupons help drug companies sell more products, but studies show coupons also raise health care costs because they encourage people to buy more expensive drugs, even when cheaper generics are available. Insurance companies, therefore, don’t think much of coupons. Read More