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What We're Reading: GOP Weighs Fixing ACA, Covering Illegal Immigrants, and Vulnerable Patients
February 03, 2017 – AJMC Staff
Why Senator Tim Kaine Is Optimistic About the ACA
February 01, 2017 – Laura Joszt
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February 01, 2017 – AJMC Staff
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January 27, 2017
What We're Reading: Orphan Drugs, ACA Ads Canceled, and Burwell to Lead American University
January 27, 2017 – AJMC Staff
Rand Paul's ACA Replacement Relies on HSAs and Selling Across State Lines
January 26, 2017 – Laura Joszt
What We're Reading: ACA Replacement Timeline, Employee Penalty in Mass., and Sugary Drink Intake
January 26, 2017 – AJMC Staff

What We're Reading: GOP Weighs Fixing ACA, Covering Illegal Immigrants, and Vulnerable Patients

AJMC Staff

Talk of the ACA Shifts to Repair

The talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has shifted among Republicans and the White House. According to The Wall Street Journal, President Donald Trump’s administration is considering how to shore up the ACA’s marketplaces. CMS has proposed a rule to stabilize the individual insurance market, but details still aren’t public. Meanwhile, Republicans are discussing how to repair Barack Obama’s health law. The talk on the Hill has shifted away from swiftly repealing the ACA.

 

California Lawmaker Discusses Plans to Cover Illegal Immigrants

Shortly after Trump took office, California withdrew a request for permission to sell unsubsidized health coverage through Covered California to illegal immigrants. In a new Q&A with California Healthline, state Democrat Senator Ricardo Lara, who initially made the request, discussed the decision to withdraw the waiver and how California will move forward with efforts to expand health coverage to immigrants without papers. California is home to more than 2.5 million illegal immigrants.

 

Keeping Protections for Vulnerable Patients

In an opinion piece for STAT, Michael J. Stephen, MD, who works with patients who have cystic fibrosis, outlines the protections that the ACA has provided for people with crippling chronic conditions. Beyond the 2 most popular provisions of the law—coverage for preexisting conditions and coverage until age 26 on a parent’s policy—the ACA also provides protections for participating in clinical trials, which has proven key to developing new medicines. 

 
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