Health Care Reform

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Health Care Reform

Recent developments regarding health care reform implementation including information about changes to the private health insurance market, Medicaid, and the health care delivery system that impact occupational therapy
  • How did 2018 ACA open enrollment numbers stack up?

    The 2018 ACA open enrollment numbers are in, and the relatively small decline in signups seems to be surprising a lot of health policy experts. The National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) tallied the numbers from Healthcare.gov and the state-based...
  • Kentucky Approval, Letter to State Medicaid Directors Kick Off the Year in Medicaid Waivers

    Last week, for the first time, the federal government approved a state’s request to impose work requirements on Medicaid enrollees. The waiver granted to Kentucky, which will allow the state to implement a number of new conditions that apply to...
  • It's the End of the Individual Mandate

    Congress passed the tax bill this week and it awaits the president’s signature. As expected, it included a provision effectively repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that most individuals have health insurance or face a tax penalty...
  • The End of the Individual Mandate?

    The Affordable Care Act’s opponents in Congress have one more chance to strike a blow against the law this year: the tax bill. The House and Senate have both passed their own versions, and now a group of lawmakers appointed by congressional leadership...
  • Is your state preparing to shut down the CHIP program?

    CHIP, the federal-state program that covers almost 9 million children from low- and moderate-income families, expired on September 30, 2017. Since then states have been using leftover funds to keep their CHIP programs going, and the federal government...
  • Proposed Rule Would Let States Roll Back Essential Health Benefits (EHB)

    A proposed regulation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could prompt states to set less generous levels of coverage in their individual and small group marketplaces, possibly eroding coverage of occupational therapy for people...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, November 10, 2017

    The Portland Press Herald: Maine becomes first state to approve Medicaid expansion by popular vote Thirty-two states and Washington, DC have expanded Medicaid under the ACA. On Tuesday, Maine became the first state to do it at the ballot box, with...
  • ACA Update: Five Things to Know About Open Enrollment

    The ACA, with all its benefits and requirements, is still the law of the land. That includes the health insurance marketplaces in every state, the financial help for low and moderate income enrollees, the essential health benefits (EHBs) – and the...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, October 27, 2017

    The AOTA policy staff consumes health care journalism every day to help inform our advocacy for the profession. Keeping up with the press coverage of post-election health care policy developments – much of it describing speculation, rumor and innuendo...
  • Missed Deadlines: Repeal & Replace, CHIP, and CSRs

    There was a flurry of health policy news at the end of September as Congress tried, and failed, to meet several critical healthcare deadlines. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy staged a last-minute push to pass a “repeal & replace”...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, September 29, 2017

    The AOTA policy staff consumes health care journalism every day to help inform our advocacy for the profession. Keeping up with the press coverage of post-election health care policy developments – much of it describing speculation, rumor and innuendo...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, September 22, 2017

    Arizona Republic: Sen. John McCain will vote against Graham-Cassidy health-care bill On Friday afternoon, Sen. John McCain announced that he would vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill championed by his good friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying that the...
  • Health Care Still In Flux

    Health care reform efforts are, surprisingly, back on the front burner on Capitol Hill. Action in the Senate is expected next week. At this time, the outcome is unclear with most Republicans supporting and many advocates, including AOTA, expressing grave...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, September 15, 2017

    Charleston Post and Courier: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says his new health care plan is ‘best and only chance’ to repeal Obamacare “Repeal and replace” was revived this week – and it looks like it might have a...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, September 8, 2017

    Washington Post: There’s one Obamacare repeal bill left standing. Here’s what’s in it. Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Dean Heller of Nevada think there’s a chance they can push through...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, September 1, 2017

    The AOTA policy staff consumes health care journalism every day to help inform our advocacy for the profession. Keeping up with the press coverage of post-election health care policy developments – much of it describing speculation, rumor and innuendo...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, August 18, 2017

    AP: New life for Medicaid after GOP’s health care debacle “It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a “third rail” program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, August 11, 2017

    New York Times: Facing Trump Subsidy Cuts, Health Insurance Officials Seek a Backup Plan The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its summer national meeting in Philadelphia this week. State regulators got to talk to each other...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips, August 4, 2017

    The AOTA policy staff consumes health care journalism every day to help inform our advocacy for the profession. Keeping up with the press coverage of post-election health care policy developments – much of it describing speculation, rumor and innuendo...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips: "Skinny Repeal" Edition, July 28, 2017

    The AOTA policy staff consumes health care journalism every day to help inform our advocacy for the profession. Keeping up with the press coverage of post-election health care policy developments – much of it describing speculation, rumor and innuendo...
  • Wrapping Up the Senate Health Care Debate

    The days-long health care debate in the Senate built to a dramatic finale that played out early Friday morning. The GOP effort to repeal (and possibly replace) the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed in the Senate, 49-51. AOTA policy staff members followed...
  • The Senate Health Care Debate

    AOTA’s policy staff is following the Senate health care debate closely. (I can barely peel my eyes away from news of the days-long debate on the Senate floor!) What’s happened so far? On Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence...
  • Watch video clips from a House committee hearing on the therapy cap

    As legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act makes its way through Congress, congressional committees are starting to shape a policy on the therapy cap. Right now there are discussions on a permanent fix, and AOTA is advancing our ongoing advocacy...
  • Health Care Reform Press Clips for July 14, 2017

    The AOTA policy staff consumes health care journalism every day to help inform our advocacy for the profession. Keeping up with the press coverage of post-election health care policy developments – much of it describing speculation, rumor and innuendo...
  • ACA v. BCRA: What's in the updated Senate bill?

    The U.S. Senate appears to be gearing up to vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a bill that would advance the GOP’s longstanding promise to repeal the health care reform law enacted in 2010. This summary incorporates the new provisions...