Tackling Health Care in September

Congress is back in session this week, which means they will likely be tackling health care issues. September will bring more proposed and actual changes to our health care system:

  • Last week, a group of eight governors released a market stabilization plan, which asks Congress to fund the cost-sharing reductions through 2018, improves risk pools, and makes other suggestions to increase competition among insurance companies selling plans in the marketplaces.
  • This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee (HELP) is scheduled to hold two hearings on how to stabilize the premiums of individual plans sold through the state health insurance marketplaces. These hearings will include state governors and state insurance commissioners.
  • A group of Republican Senators have proposed an amendment to the larger ACA repeal and replace proposals that were not previously passed by the Senate. Senators Graham, Cassidy, and Heller have proposed block granting to states the money allocated for the ACA financial assistance programs and Medicaid expansion, as well as place a per capita cap on the traditional Medicaid program. Click here to read the amendments.
  • The Trump Administration announced that they would cut the advertising budget by 90%, which promotes the availability of health insurance through the state health insurance marketplaces. They are also cutting the grants to local organizations that work in communities to help people enroll in health insurance coverage.
  • The Administration had already announced a six-week shorter open enrollment period, from November 1, to December 15, for coverage that begins on January 1, 2018.

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Stay tuned for updates from Triage Cancer, as we learn more about these changes and how they might impact the cancer community.