What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights this week include: Gov. Dayton signs agreement for “reinsurance” program; end to health care subsidies puts Congress in a tight spot; the value of hospitals’ tax exemptions; hospital group warns Trump’s executive order could weaken insurance markets; and with ACA in limbo, insurers brace for drop in enrollment.

By Andy Tofilon • October 18, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Many people paying full price for insurance, patients and health insurers challenge Iowa’s privatized Medicaid, White House plans order to expand health care options, Trump’s cuts to health law enrollment efforts, and Republicans privately admit defeat on Obamacare repeal.

By Andy Tofilon • October 11, 2017

Top highlights this week include: FDA chief says agency will take action to lower drug prices; premiums declining, steady for plans via MNsure; Hawaii has best health care in America; Trump preparing executive order to let Americans purchase health insurance across state lines; and health insurers stay in ACA despite fears of last-minute exits.

By Andy Tofilon • October 4, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Feds approve Minnesota program for lower premiums, studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care, changes to Medicare could mean higher costs for patients, mental health specialists hard to find in networks, and America’s opioid epidemic.

By Andy Tofilon • September 27, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Republicans demand another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Medicare will mail new cards to 60 million people, bill passed to build telehealth coverage into Medicare Advantage plans, Trump is making Obamacare premiums more expensive, and uninsured rate in Minnesota drops to 4.1%.

By Andy Tofilon • September 20, 2017

Top highlights this week include: What the Senate has in mind for the ACA’s “innovation waivers,” Senate GOP accepting defeat on Obamacare repeal, Senate panel eyes federal money and state flexibility to stabilize ACA, insurance regulators want Obamacare reinsurance funds, and uninsured rate fell in 2016 as more people aged into Medicare.

By Andy Tofilon • September 13, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Bipartisan governors’ group shares plan to shore up Obamacare; Trump Administration sharply cuts spending on health law enrollment; industry groups push for repeal or delay of two Affordable Care Act taxes; some states to extend Obamacare sign-up beyond federal limit; and Trump ends DACA, calls on Congress to act.

By Andy Tofilon • September 6, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Employer plans join Obamacare in narrowing doctor networks for 2018, Congress facing deadline to renew health care for children, Iowa submits final request to shore up Obamacare markets, Senate panel plans hearings on girding health insurance, and Republicans face looming deadline on health law.

By Andy Tofilon • August 30, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Pulling Obamacare subsidies would drive up premiums, increase deficit; did Obamacare create doctor shortage; health insurer payments will be made in August; speedy drug approvals lacking in follow-up, and women’s voices often missing in the health care debate.

By Andy Tofilon • August 23, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Trump signs bill helping vets get access to private medical care, high anxiety for insurers on Obamacare deadline, Trump is declaring a national emergency over the opioid epidemic, health insurers seek higher rates for Minnesota small businesses, and FDA addressing racial disparity in patients enrolled in clinical trials.

By Andy Tofilon • August 16, 2017

Top highlights this week include: U.S. News announces 2017-18 best hospitals, health care gains 39,400 jobs in July, zip code important to health, under Trump, hospitals face same penalties embraced by Obama, and insurers think they’ve found the perfect patients for profits.

By Andy Tofilon • August 9, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Court allows Democratic states to defend Obamacare payments, MNsure enrollees to get four extra weeks to sign up for 2018 health insurance, bipartisan group floats Obamacare fixes, Minnesota’s health insurance rates set to stabilize for 2018, and Trump’s FDA chief charts a policy shift beyond tobacco products.

By Andy Tofilon • August 2, 2017

Top highlights this week include: Trump’s FDA chief takes wide aim at opioid addiction crisis, Obamacare repeal vote still too close to call, CBO says revised Senate plan would increase uninsured by 22 million, fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare tens of billions last year, and Obamacare payments to continue.

By Andy Tofilon • July 26, 2017