Currently Viewing:
Currently Reading
What We're Reading: Medical Device Approval; Medical Laboratories Sue Government; ACA Sign-Up Deadline
December 12, 2017 – AJMC Staff
Racial Disparities Prevalent in Survival of Patients With Ovarian, Colon, and Breast Cancer
December 11, 2017 – Jaime Rosenberg
Sanofi's Insulin Lispro Follow-On, Admelog, Wins FDA Approval
December 11, 2017 – Mary Caffrey
The Past, Present, and Future of HIV Funding
December 11, 2017 – Jaime Rosenberg
What We're Reading: Harsh Flu Season; Potential Hospital Giants Merger; ACA Sign-Up Deadline
December 11, 2017 – AJMC Staff
ICER Seeking Public Comment About Migraine, Plaque Psoriasis Treatments
December 11, 2017 – Allison Inserro
ADA 2018 Standards Address Drugs With CV Benefits, Hold Firm on Blood Pressure
December 10, 2017 – Mary Caffrey
Heavy Healthcare Use Precedes Start of Acthar Injection for Patients With Rare Infantile Spasms
December 09, 2017 – Mary Caffrey
UC San Diego Researchers Receive $600,000 Grant to Test PI3Ky Inhibitor
December 08, 2017 – Kelly Davio

What We're Reading: Iowa Tries to Leave ACA; Acting HHS Secretary; Buying Insurance Across State Lines

AJMC Staff

Iowa Seeks Waiver to Leave ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is facing another critical test as a state tries to opt out of the law. According to The New York Times, Iowa has requested that the Trump administration allows the state to opt out of and create a state-run system. The idea is that the plan will help lower premiums, since Iowans buying an ACA plan are facing a steep premium increase for 2018. However, there are reports that President Donald Trump doesn’t want to approve the waiver and has reached out to HHS to order that it is rejected.


Acting HHS Secretary Named

After Tom Price, MD, resigned as HHS secretary at the end of September, a temporary replacement has been named. Eric Hargan is the new acting secretary of HHS, and is taking over for Don Wright, who had been filling the position since Price left, reported Bloomberg. Hargan once held the position of deputy secretary in HHS under President George W. Bush. He also served on Trump’s transition team and is a former corporate lawyer.


What Will Purchasing Across State Lines Accomplish?

Trump has indicated he is ready to sign an executive order that will allow people to buy health insurance across state lines, which is supposed to bring down the cost. Specifically, the order would allow the creation of associations, made up of consumers and small businesses, to buy health coverage. According to NPR, these health plans would not have to follow ACA regulations and would likely draw healthier people out of the marketplace. As a result, the population left to purchase ACA insurance would be sicker, which would increase premiums.

Copyright AJMC 2006-2017 Clinical Care Targeted Communications Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Welcome the the new and improved, the premier managed market network. Tell us about yourself so that we can serve you better.
Sign Up

Sign In

Not a member? Sign up now!