Obamacare May Be Repealed Before Replacement is Arranged

According to the Associated Press, Congress may vote to repeal Obamacare before arranging  replacement legislation. GOP representatives expect that repealing the health care law without a replacement would encourage representatives from both parties to cooperate in quickly finding a replacement policy that benefits all.


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President-Elect Trump Nominates Price for HHS Chief

According to Benefits Pro, President-elect Donald Trump has decided to nominate U.S. Representative Tom Price as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Price has been a key figure in the attempt to pass legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovation spirit,” Price said in a statement.

The President-elect also announced his nomination of Seema Verma as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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New Jersey Residents May Lose Coverage if Trump Cuts Medicaid


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Confusion Among Buyers with Medicare Advantage Plans and Networks

The Wall Street Journal reports that there may be some confusion with Medicare Advantage plans among buyers, especially in determining which hospitals are included in the plans’ networks. A report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation finds that incorrect and confusing information in plan directories is leading to difficulty in navigating the plans.

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Repealing Obamacare May Be More Complex Than Expected

Politico reports that President-elect Donald Trump and the GOP’s promise to repeal Obamacare without a replacement program underway may cause health insurers to prematurely bolt from the individual market and increase premiums.


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Bill Presented from GOP to Block Payments to Obamacare Insurers

The Hill reports that four Republican lawmakers have presented a bill to block the Obama administration from making payments to Obamacare insurers. The bill would prevent the administration from using an obscure fund to pay legal settlements to insurers. With the election of President-elect Donald Trump, the bill has lost some prevalence, though the Republican lawmakers still want to be sure payments will not be made to insurers during the repeal of Obamacare.


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Obamacare Could Remain In Force Through 2017

Cleveland local news reports that healthcare authorities are encouraging coverage with Obamacare, noting that any changes to the existing program will likely roll out in 2018. For now, the Ohio Department of Insurance plans to operate as if nothing about current healthcare legislation has changed.

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