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House v. Burwell ruling could wreak havoc on ACA marketplace

A lawsuit brought by the House of Representatives that challenges the financing of the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions could put 7 million Americans' subsidies in jeopardy and therefore risk destabilizing the entire ACA marketplace, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund.  

High-deductible health plans reduce care, but at a cost

As high-deductible health plans become a more common fixture in the healthcare industry, the debate continues as to whether such benefit designs reduce care costs and usage--and how that influences consumers' health, according to a new issue brief from  Health Affairs.  

Obama to include Cadillac tax adjustment in budget proposal

Next week, President Barack Obama will propose amending the controversial Cadillac tax on expensive private health plans in the administration's 2017 budget plan, according to a article from the  New England Journal of Medicine.  

Analysis: Cost-sharing stays stable in ACA marketplace plans

For the most part, cost-sharing did not increase for those covered under Affordable Care Act marketplace plans in 2015, though for those without cost-sharing reductions, average copayments, deductibles and out-of-pocket limits were considerably higher than the average employer-based plan, according to a new analysis from The Commonwealth Fund.  

ACA exchange plans' cost-sharing methods vary widely

Health plans sold to individuals through Healthcare.gov for 2016 vary in how they set cost-sharing for services such as physician visits, prescription drugs and hospital stays, according to a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

High-deductible plans reduce use of health services, study finds

When a large, self-insured U.S. firm forced its employees to switch from an insurance plan that provided them with free healthcare to a high-deductible plan, the result was that the employees cut back on healthcare services, including potentially valuable care, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.   

Report: To keep Medicare spending in check, promote price sensitivity

With Medicare spending on the rise, policymakers should work to promote price sensitivity among beneficiaries long after they've met their deductibles,  according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. 

Michigan optimistic Medicaid waiver request will win HHS approval

Michigan submitted a waiver request to the Department of Health and Human Services this week in hopes to continue providing coverage through the state's Medicaid program.

How Arkansas plans to change its private-option Medicaid program

Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is in favor of maintaining the state's successful Medicaid expansion program, but only under certain circumstances.

Insurers violate ACA's women's health coverage requirements, reports say

Many health insurers violate the Affordable Care Act's  women's health coverage requirements, according to recent reports from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC).