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Tax Bill Repeals Individual Mandate
December 21, 2017 - Lawmakers in Washington have approved a tax bill that, among other things, repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The mandate requires that most Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty.

As a member of the New York Health Plan Association (HPA), CDPHP believes the individual mandate helps to stabilize the market, and therefor supports the below statement issued by HPA.

 

New York Health Plan Association on Federal Tax Reform Individual Mandate Repeal  
Voicing concern about stability of the marketplace, HPA urges lawmakers to plan accordingly

As states continue sorting out the implications of the sweeping federal tax reform package passed by Congress this week, the New York Health Plan Association (HPA) today raised concerns about the impact the repeal of the individual mandate could have on New York’s insurance marketplace.

“Governor Cuomo and New York lawmakers must start now to consider strategies that will ensure a strong and stable marketplace in our state,” said Paul F. Macielak, president and CEO of HPA. “Eliminating the mandate — particularly if Congress fails to act on other measures aimed at stabilizing the insurance market — could trigger a deterioration of the risk pool, significant premium increases down the road and a possible return of the ‘death spiral’ of New York’s individual market.

“While it may be too early to know the extent to which the individual mandate repeal would increase premiums for 2019, it is not too early to plan for that possibility.”

HPA noted that even before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act — which has helped make health coverage possible for more than four million New Yorkers — New York was a leader in efforts to provide New Yorkers with access to quality, comprehensive health coverage, and enacting patient protections such as community rating, prohibiting coverage denial due to pre-existing health conditions, and guaranteeing access to coverage for individuals. These policies were strengthened by the individual mandate, which was designed to compel younger, healthier people to buy insurance and spreading risk across a wider pool.

“New York’s individual market must be protected to prevent a return to the unsustainable market conditions pre-2013,” stated Macielak, noting that health plans are committed to working with state leaders to ensure that happens.


Ummm, guys, this thing is still broken…
August 16, 2017 - After many months of debate, members of Congress have left Washington without agreeing on a plan to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. If you’re anything like us, you might be asking yourself, “what’s next?”

CDPHP president and CEO, Dr. John Bennett, says he can’t predict what Washington will do next, but adds it’s critically important that Americans stay focused on strategies that will improve the quality of care, all while reducing costs. Read the blog


Obamacare Repeal Passes House
May 4, 2017 - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Health Care Act, a bill that repeals and replaces parts of the Affordable Care Act. The bill now moves on to the Senate, where it will face additional debate and amendments.


Business Execs Weigh In on Future of Health Reform
April 13, 2017 - Here’s an interesting new survey about what business executives think about the future of health reform. According to venture capital firm Venrock, which polled nearly 300 business executives from health IT startups, large employers, insurance companies, academics, government, and more, 72 percent of respondents believe the Affordable Care Act will be repaired or renamed, while just 20 percent believe it will be repealed and replaced.

When it comes to opportunities in the health care industry, 45 percent of survey respondents said they believe big analytics will boon in the next 12 months, but 35 percent believe regulatory challenges will stymie health IT innovation.

The survey produced some dismal results as it relates to drug pricing. That is, only 5 percent of respondents believe drug prices will see meaningful reform, 49 percent believe they will improve marginally, and 27 percent believe nothing will be done.


House Fails to Vote on ACA Repeal & Replace
March 27, 2017 - The U.S. House of Representatives failed to vote on a bill that would have repealed and replaced parts of the Affordable Care Act, thus keeping the ACA intact. While the future of health reform remains uncertain, CDPHP is committed to keeping you up-to-date on the latest news. We have updated our health care reform website and are once again issuing alerts as information becomes available. Be sure to sign up for these emails to stay up to date.


House Committees Move Forward on ACA Repeal & Replace
March 7, 2017 - Lawmakers in Washington have released their proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bills, released by two separate House committees, are the first step in what promises to be a much-debated issue. The two committees plan to mark up their bills this week. The legislation then moves on to the House and Senate for approvals. Still unknown is how New York, which has a state-run Exchange and a large, benefit-rich Medicaid program, will be impacted by these changes.

Links to summaries of the separate bills are below:

CDPHP will provide you with additional information as it becomes available.