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Beth Israel, Lahey in advanced merger talks

On January 30, 2017
By Jessica Bartlett

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health have announced plans to combine forces for the fourth time, a move that would create an entity rivaling the size of Partners HealthCare.

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What is ‘Repeal and Replace?’ A Guide to Trump’s Health Care Buzzwords

On January 30, 2017
By Benjy Sarlin

President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers have yet to come up with a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But in the meantime, there’s already a complicated vocabulary to describe the process and its goals.

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Want to improve health care? Focus on hospitals

On January 25, 2017
By Rich Lesser & Barry Rosenberg

(CNN) As Congress and the Trump administration debate the future of America’s health care system, they should go beyond the issues of access and cost and recognize an equally important priority: that patients come first, so health reform should also focus on quality of care.

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HHS nominee Dr. Tom Price’s 2nd confirmation hearing: 5 things to know

On January 25, 2017
By Emily Rappleye

Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Ga., faced another four hours of cross-examination Tuesday, this time with the Senate finance committee.

Grilled by Democrats and lauded by Republicans, Rep. Price’s second hearing comes ahead of a vote that will determine his nomination. The committee recessed and will reconvene to vote “promptly,” according to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Here are five things to know about the second hearing.

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The Gap Trap

On January 24, 2017
By: Jon Jablon, Esq.

So how ‘bout those stop-loss carriers?! We work closely with some excellent carriers that look for reasons to pay claims and are a pleasure to interact with – but there are also carriers and MGUs out there that will do whatever they can to deny claims. Make sure you and your clients read policy proposals carefully! Don’t fall into the stop-loss “gap trap.”

GOP on ACA replacement: Who wants what?

On January 23, 2017
By Emily Rappleye

Republicans in Congress have already laid the foundation for an ACA repeal through the reconciliation process, but what will replace the law still remains uncertain.

And while Republicans agree the ACA needs to go, they have not coalesced around a single plan yet. To provide some clarity around the replacement ideas out there right now, we pulled highlights from statements and plans put forth by President Donald Trump and several Republican leaders.

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With executive order, Trump tosses a ‘bomb’ into fragile health insurance markets

On January 23, 2017
By Juliet Eilperin and Sean Sullivan

President Trump’s executive order instructing federal agencies to grant relief to constituencies affected by the Affordable Care Act has begun to reverberate throughout the nation’s health-care system, injecting further uncertainty into an already unsettled insurance landscape.

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Health Secretary Pick Tom Price Faces Questions on Stock Trades, Obamacare Plans at Confirmation Hearing

On January 18, 2017
By Stephanie Armour & Louise Radnofsky

Tom Price, president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, vowed at a Senate hearing Wednesday to fight government regulations he said burden doctors and patients while Democrats voiced alarm his policies would gut federal health insurance programs.

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Congress Eliminates Huge Penalties On Small Employers’ Health Insurance Reimbursement Arrangements

On January 17, 2017
By Tony Nitti

First it was no problem.

Then it was a huge problem.

Then it was going to be a huge problem.

And now it’s no problem again.

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Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in replacing Obamacare

On January 17, 2017
Reuters

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump aims to replace Obamacare with a plan that would envisage “insurance for everybody,” he said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday night.

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