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NY state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether Congress votes to repeal the federal law.

Under the governor's proposed regulations, insurers in NY state would be barred from participating in health insurance programs funded by Medicaid if they choose to opt out of offering Qualified Health Plans in the State Health Marketplace. A major facet of the Affordable Care Act was a redistribution of income, a tax on the richest Americans that helped pay to expand health coverage for the country's poorest, and the authors said their study suggests that any reduction in coverage could be a step backward, in an area where America has been underperforming. And, if one needs more proof, look at the Affordable Care Act, a very well-constructed health care plan based on free market principles.

That's a decrease from the 13 insurers that filed plans for all of Washington's 39 counties this year and the 17 insurers that sold plans on the exchange in 2015 and 2016.

At the Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday, Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow noted how proposed rate insurance increases in Pennsylvania are slated to rise almost 9 percent next year. The company said that increase would have been about 9 percent if it had a guarantee that the government would continue to make those payments.

On May 4, U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-12, Sewickley, voted for the horrendously unpopular American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628, which would cause 23 million Americans to lose health insurance.

The Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services may issue model contract language identifying the coverage requirements for all individual and small group accident and health insurance policies that provide hospital, surgical, or medical expense coverage and all student accident and health insurance policies delivered or issued for delivery in New York State. These so-called "Blues" plans are seen as a key to the future of the exchanges because they tend to specialize in individual insurance, and many have a long-standing presence in their markets. The new bill would allow states to charge persons more based upon their health history, provided the states set up pre-existing pools. UnitedHealth has largely exited Obamacare in other states, while Anthem has indicated it's weighing whether to leave some regions.

The study also found two-thirds of USA respondents said there were "many" Americans who don't have needed access but only 54 percent who said it wasn't fair for rich people to get better health care. Get twice-daily updates on what the St. Louis business community is talking about.


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