POLITICS 04/20/2018 05:46 am ET Price controls are getting a serious look in California. By Jonathan Cohn If you think the country needs dramatic, even radical action to stop medical care from getting so expensive, pay close attention to what’s happening in California. Next week, a committee in the state Assembly will vote on legislation to create a permanent, nine-member commission on health care costs, quality and access. But instead of simply proposing different ways of paying for medical care, like so many other commissions have over the years, this one would have real power ― the power to set legally binding limits on what hospitals, drugmakers and the rest of the health care industry can charge private insurers and individuals. The bill could bring government control of health care spending to the biggest state in the country, and it might not stop there. Government control of health care spending, in one form or another, is an essential … [Read more...] about The Big New Idea For Reducing Health Care Costs Is Actually Really Old
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The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), enacted on December 13, 2016, provides a new opportunity for small employers to help employees pay for health insurance: the “qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement” (QSEHRA). Under QSEHRA, certain small employers can give their employees pre-tax dollars to pay for premiums and other medical expenses, so long as the QSEHRA meets certain standards. Background Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers have generally been unable to give their employees cash for the purpose of purchasing non-employer health coverage (so-called “Employee Payment Plans” or “EPPs”). The reason being: because EPPs were being used to finance employees’ medical coverage, the EPPs constituted employer-provided “group health plans” and were therefore required to meet (but failed to meet) all of the ACA’s insurance reforms (including the requirement to provide … [Read more...] about QSEHRA – The 21st Century Cures Act Creates a New Health Care Plan Option for Small Employers
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A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Trump, marking the second setback in a week for the administration's health care initiatives. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called "association health plans" were "clearly an end-run" around consumer protections required by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plans at issue in Bates' ruling Thursday allow groups of small businesses and sole proprietors to band together to offer lower-cost coverage that doesn't have to include all the benefits required by the ACA, often called "Obamacare." They also can be offered across state lines, an attempt to deliver on a major Trump campaign promise.Eleven states and the District of Columbia had sued the Labor Department over its change in the interpretation of a labor law that enabled the small business insurance plans to come into existence. Under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act … [Read more...] about Federal judge strikes down health insurance plans backed by Trump, calling it “end-run” around ACA