From Big Waiver to Waiver Unlimited
Perhaps the biggest concern with BCRA is that state waivers could degrade the financial protections available for employer-sponsored coverage
Why Process Matters: Health Care Reform Edition
While attention is drawn to Comey’s very public hearing, something else is happening, largely in secret. The Senate is moving forward with a health care bill that will likely take coverage from tens of millions of Americans, and that will likely cut taxes for the wealthy on the backs of the poor.
Versus Trump: "What About Congress? + Steven Wu"
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss Congress's role and powers in investigations of the Executive. Then, Jason talks with Steven Wu, a Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, about the case against Trump University, the active role of states in recent years, and other issues in which New York is adverse to the President. Listen now!
Moral Convictions And The Contraception Exemptions
Yet another major flaw in the draft contraception rule, which would not only allow employers to drop contraception coverage for *religious* reasons, but would also (without any lawful basis) allow employers who have *moral* objections to do the same.
Trump’s Latest Affront To Women, and to the Constitution
A draft of the Trump Administration's revised contraception mandate has been leaked. If implemented, this policy would weaken civil rights for women. Moreover, the plan could violate the Establishment Clause by providing a religious accommodation for some private citizens only by shifting costs to others who may not share their beliefs.
The New Contraception Rule Is Procedurally Flawed
The Trump Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a massive expansion of the program that provides employers and exemption from providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. But they have not sought notice-and-comment on the rule, and that could be a major problem.
Versus Trump: The Healthcare Episode
On a new episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, Easha and Jason dig into healthcare for the first time, as they take a deep dive into the House v. Price litigation that addresses whether certain payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act have been properly appropriated. They also debate immigration rhetoric vs. action and discuss drug testing for unemployment benefits. Listen now!
An Update in House v. Price: When Inaction Masks Turmoil
Insurance companies are filing their applications for 2018 plans and rates now, with the last deadline in some states coming on June 21, and with many having passed already. If you’re an insurer and you don't know what the rules of the game will be, how can you play it?
Taking the Nuclear Option Off the Table
Last Thursday, fifteen states and the District of Columbia moved to intervene in House v. Price, the case about the ACA’s cost-sharing reductions. At the same time, they asked the court to hear the case promptly. This is a bigger deal than it may seem, and could offer some comfort to insurers that are in desperate need of it.
Healthcare Reform Part V: Don’t Forget About HHS
Waivers granted by HHS are critical to the design of the Republican healthcare legislation and may have a huge effect on how it works in practice. Here's a preliminary analysis of how HHS Secretary Tom Price is likely to exercise his discretion with respect to waivers.
The Michigan Morsel
To corral some last-minute votes, the House leadership has endorsed the Upton amendment to the American Health Care Act. That’s a shame: the amendment works at cross-purposes with other parts of the AHCA, is arbitrarily structured, and is ambiguous on a key point. It’s another example of the perils of doing health policy on the fly.