Tag Archive: health care

  • ACA and Employer Mandate Back in National Spotlight

    | January 9, 2015 | Add a comment

    On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan measure to restore the definition of full-time work to 40 hours instead of 30 under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is gearing up to consider a legal challenge in King v. Burwell that could eliminate the employer … »

  • ACA Exchange Subsidies Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments against the availability of exchange subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.  Today’s order from the Court granted review in King v. Burwell, one of several cases challenging IRS regulations extending tax-credit subsidies to the states with federal exchanges. Briefings will be … »

  • Study: ACA to shrink labor market more than previously thought

    | October 9, 2014 | Add a comment

    In a new working paper from the Mercatus Center, University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan projects that the Affordable Care Act will reduce weekly employment per person by 3 percent, or roughly 4 million full-time-equivalent workers. These new estimates are significantly higher than the 2.5 million reduction in labor supply … »

  • Federal Judge Strikes Down ACA Exchange Subsidies

    | October 1, 2014 | Add a comment

    On Tuesday, Judge Ronald A. White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma vacated the IRS rule that allows premium subsidies in states that refused to establish an exchange under the Affordable Care Act. The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse … »

  • Nevada Drops Problematic Health Exchange Website

    | May 28, 2014 | Add a comment

    Following the lead of Maryland, Oregon, and, most recently, Massachusetts, Nevada became the fourth state last week to drop its troubled health exchange website after facing serious technological issues and significantly missing the mark on enrollment predictions. Instead of the current enrollment system, Nevada’s Silver State Health Insurance Board unanimously … »

  • NBER Report: Medicaid Expansion Reduces Incentives to Work

    | May 15, 2014 | Add a comment

    A working paper released this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that public insurance programs reduce incentives to work for low-income childless adults—precisely the population Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act targets. The paper comes on the heels of the widely-cited February 2014 Congressional Budget Office … »

  • Massachusetts Plans to Replace Troubled Health Insurance Exchange

    | May 8, 2014 | Add a comment

    On the heels of Oregon’s decision to drop its dysfunctional health insurance site, Massachusetts officials announced plans to follow suit on Monday. Unlike Oregon, however, Massachusetts will be taking a different replacement route—instead of using HealthCare.gov to sign up enrollees, Massachusetts will attempt to build a new health marketplace site … »

  • Oregon’s $300 Million Exchange to be Transferred to Feds

    and | April 25, 2014 | Add a comment

    Earlier today, Oregon became the first state-run health exchange to adopt the federal HealthCare.gov exchange portal. After receiving more than $300 million in federal grants, the state struggled to sign up private insurance enrollees through their own online portal, Cover Oregon. Due to these difficulties and the projected costs of … »

  • State-based exchanges face scrutiny, questions of mismanagement

    | April 9, 2014 | Add a comment

    Officials from five states came under congressional scrutiny last week for various failures in creating state-based health insurance exchanges, despite each state accepting and spending hundreds of millions of dollars in federal establishment grants. Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon each had top officials present for a House Committee on … »

  • Sean Riley Testimony on Exchanges and Health Reform

    | March 26, 2014 | Add a comment

    On March 7, 2014, Health and Humans Services Task Force Director Sean Riley was asked to testify in front of the Maryland Health and Government Operations Committee regarding HB 169 and HB 1229. His full written testimony can be found below, Mister Chair, members of the committee, thank you for … »