Twenty states sue federal government, seeking end to Obamacare

The individual mandate was previously justified as a tax. Without the penalty as a part of the new tax code, there is no longer a tax so the mandate is being challenged.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare/twenty-states-sue-federal-government-seeking-end-to-obamacare-idUSKCN1GB06R

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Blue Cross Executives Host Fundraiser For Michigan Candidate for Governor

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/22/gretchen-whitmer-executives-are-working-hard-against-a-pro-single-payer-candidate-for-governor/

http://archive.is/XLldA

Cato Handbook for Policymakers (8th Edition)

A long list of policy positions and explanations that will give candidates ideas to use for their own positions.

https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/cato-handbook-policymakers/2017/2/cato-handbook-for-policymakers-8th-edition_1.pdf

Washington health insurance market in flux

According to data from the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, premiums are slated to increase in 2018 by roughly 34 percent, up from a 14 percent hike in 2017 and negligible changes in 2016 and 2015.

SB 6084 would establish a state-level individual mandate to replace the now-repealed federal version. As written, the legislation would exempt certain demographics, such as members of Native American tribes and undocumented immigrants.

SB 6062, which was requested by Commissioner Kreidler, would institute a state reinsurance program for healthcare providers who cover high-cost people. The legislation would take advantage of federal waivers established through the Affordable Care Act to finance the insurer reimbursements.

www.kirklandreporter.com/northwest/washington-health-insurance-market-in-flux/

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Allowing Nurse Practitioners to Practice Independently Can Make Health Care More Affordable

…let nurse practitioners practice medicine independently, rather than under the thumb of a supervising physician, after a probationary period of supervision.

…rules limiting nurse practitioners “are related not to their ability, education or training, or safety concerns, but to the political decisions of the state in which they work,” and because “most studies showed that NP-provided care is comparable to physician-provided care on several process and outcome measures. Moreover, the studies suggest that NPs may provide improved access to care.”

…giving nurses a greater scope of practice helps bring costs down by as much as 35 percent, with higher levels of patient satisfaction.

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/17/how-to-make-health-care-more-affordable

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HB 2355 and SB 6062, to create a state reinsurance pool to care for people with high-cost medical conditions

Before enactment of the ACA, Washington state had an effective, viable state-based high-risk pool for its individual health insurance market. The state high-risk pool ensured that patients with high health care costs could get insurance coverage.  The ACA now directs money into the state health insurance exchanges and into the expansion of Medicaid instead.  As a result, the successful Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP) is currently not taking new enrollees and is scheduled to end in 2022.

https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/detail/hb-2355-and-sb-6062-to-create-a-state-reinsurance-pool-to-care-for-people-with-high-cost-medical-conditions

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