The Trump administration's decision to fight for total repeal of the Affordable Care Act in court sent shock-waves across Congress, where lawmakers were caught off guard by the renewed repeal effort.
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A letter from the Department of Justice announced the shift, in support of a district court judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The case will likely end up in the Supreme Court.
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Some states have begun using Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing.
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Well-known insurers are selling new sorts of health plans outside the Affordable Care Act exchanges that may sound cheaper but aren't necessarily. Some, for example, charge extra for common surgeries.
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The 67-year-old former geologist, beer brewer and mayor of Denver points to accomplishments such as Medicaid expansion and increased spending on infrastructure and public education.
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While some officials urge expansion of the Medicare system, several states are mulling a different way to ensure residents have affordable coverage: Help them buy into a Medicaid-like plan.
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