Federal judge denies Trump’s push to block immigration visas without proof of health insurance

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Judge Michael Simon in Oregon ruled against the administration’s demand for coverage confirmation. A federal judge in Oregon has ruled against the Trump administration’s requirement for legal immigrants to show proof of health insurance in order to receive a State Department visa. The judge determined that the requirement would conflict with the Immigration and Nationality Act. According to Judge Michael Simon’s ruling, “the President’s Proclamation requiring legal immigrants to show proof of health insurance before being issued a visa by the State Department is inconsistent with the INA.” This is…

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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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Trump’s attempt to roll back birth control mandate quashed by judge

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A federal judge has ruled to block a set of new regulations put forward by the Trump administration. The recent attempt the Trump administration has made to block the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act has been halted for the moment. A federal judge in Pennsylvania has paused the ability for the efforts to move forward. The Trump administration had been seeking to roll back the birth control mandate. This would make it harder for women to obtain no cost birth control if their employers state that they…

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Colorado health insurance will continue to protect those with pre-existing conditions

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As Americans across the country return to struggling for coverage, Coloradans will be spared. Colorado health insurance will maintain its coverage of individuals with pre-existing conditions, despite the Trump administration’s recent moves. The president shocked the health care industry earlier this month when the Department of Justice announced it wouldn’t be defending certain central components in the Affordable Care Act. This announcement may mean that Americans with pre-existing conditions could once again lose coverage. That said, Colorado health insurance law will make certain that residents of the state will continue…

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US government shutdown leaves CHIP without funding

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Senate failed to pass the House-sponsored continuing resolution (CR) to the president on Friday. The Senate was unable to advance the House-sponsored CR ahead of a US government shutdown last week. It left the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) unfunded, placing many states at risk of losing their medical coverage for kids from low income families. The “Cadillac tax” has also failed to move forward, as the government shutdown began at midnight on Saturday. The six year extension of CHIP funding had bipartisan support. Both Republicans and Democrats were in…

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigns following spending criticism

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Huge pressure regarding massive spending on chartered flights causes Price to step down. Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary, has now resigned under massive pressure due to his high travel bills. Price accumulated at least $400,000 in travel expenses – primarily from chartered flights – which was in direct opposition to the Trump administration’s promise to “drain the swamp.” President Trump has been promising to reduce the corrupt and entitled capital in the government. Price had already been facing trouble from Trump for having been unsuccessful as Health and…

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Congressional Budget Office accuses Trump administration policies of hurting ACA

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A new report from the CBO predicts that uninsured American numbers will rise under President Trump. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report predicting that Trump’s health care policies will be to the detriment of the Affordable Care Act’s success. Despite the GOP’s efforts to overturn the ACA, the Trump Administration’s policies will foster rising premiums and falling enrollment in individual health insurance markets in 2018. The report suggested that the President Donald Trump’s strategy is causing direct harm to health care. Trump had said that his strategy…

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