Trump to issue health care price transparency executive order today

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The president is expected to require insurers and doctors to disclose care costs. Later today, President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order for health care price transparency. The purpose is to require doctors and insurance companies to disclose their health care prices. Industry groups have been vocally opposed to the president’s intention to sign the executive order. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump intends to issue the order for health care price transparency regardless of industry resistance. The order will specifically direct federal agencies to launch guidance…

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Health insurance for illegal immigrants to be a US first in California

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The state is setting itself up to become the first in the country to cover undocumented residents. A new budget deal now has the nod from California lawmakers, setting the scene to make the state the first in the country to offer health insurance for illegal immigrants. This bill would make it possible for adults living illegally in the U.S. to purchase health plans. The health insurance for illegal immigrants benefits were a component of a broad-reaching plan for how the state will spend $213 billion of federal and state…

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California may use penalties to pay for health insurance subsidies

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Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a tax penalty that would cover the Californian subsidy costs. Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a new move to fund health insurance subsidies in the state. It would provide an estimated 850,000 Californians with assistance in paying their premiums. The goal is to assist people who make too much to qualify for federal aid but struggle to pay premiums. To be able to afford to provide the additional health insurance subsidies, the Democratic governor has proposed a tax penalty. This would be applied to Californians…

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Pennsylvania takes steps to take control over its online health insurance exchange

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The state is making moves to form its own marketplace instead of relying on the federal government. Pennsylvania is taking initial steps to take over control of its own health insurance exchange. From 2014 until now, it has been participating in the federal marketplace. Pennsylvania is hoping to reduce the cost of health insurance by launching its own ACA exchange. The goal of the move to Pennsylvania’s own health insurance exchange is to reduce the cost of coverage to consumers. The idea is to make a state-based Affordable Care Act…

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Maryland to let residents complete health insurance enrollment on tax forms

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Governor Larry Hogan signed the first measure in the country to provide this opportunity. Maryland has become the first state in the country to make it possible for residents to complete a health insurance enrollment at the same time that they file their taxes. The governor signed the bill on Monday, making it possible for tax forms to double as insurance applications. The new bill lets residents use their tax forms for the opportunity to complete their health insurance enrollment as well. When Governor Hogan signed the bill, it made…

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Trump steps back from Obamacare overhaul until after the 2020 election

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The president backed away from his previous insistence for a vote on an Affordable Care Act replacement. Last week, President Donald Trump withdrew from his prior push for an Obamacare overhaul vote. He had been seeking a vote toward a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Trump changed directions, deciding to hold off his efforts against the ACA until after the 2020 elections. Trump’s move away from the Obamacare overhaul vote was a recognition of the current political situation. It has become clear that health care replacement legislation would not…

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128K Tennessee children’s health insurance plans were cut and many parents have no idea

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Thousands of kids were erased from the CoverKids and TennCare programs since 2017. About 128,000 children were purged from the CoverKids and TennCare Tennessee children’s health insurance plans over a period of two years. Unless they took their kids to the doctor’s office and were refused, parents had no idea it happened. TennCare and CoverKids are two government sponsored Tennessee children’s health insurance programs for low-income families. As over 100 thousand kids in the state were not covered by private insurance, the number of uninsured residents of Tennessee ballooned in…

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