Benefits & Services

The Trump Administration’s Association Health Plans Emerge: What Early Announcements Tell Us About this New Market

This past summer, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a regulation calling for the expansion of association health plans (AHPs) for small businesses and self-employed individuals. AHPs are insurance policies offered through an association, often to members within a specific trade, industry, or profession. Among other changes, DOL’s rule loosened the requirements under which a group of employers […]

Arkansas Medicaid work reporting to be online only

Southwest Times Record By: Benjamin Hardy The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning D.C.-based think tank, warned that exemption categories to Arkansas’ new Medicaid requirements would inevitably confuse beneficiaries. … Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, pointed out DHS has had serious IT problems in the past. […]

States Step Up to Protect Consumers in Wake of Cuts to ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

This post from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms originally appeared on the Commonwealth Fund blog. On October 12, President Trump announced he would discontinue reimbursements to insurance companies for Affordable Care Act (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans offered through the health insurance marketplace. Ending the CSR reimbursements is projected to cost insurers $8 billion […]