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Key ACA waiver powers Alaska’s push to lower premiums, says UMass Medical School expert

Alaska’s success in heading off looming rate increases under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides a potential roadmap for states interested in using a federal waiver process to change their local health care markets, notes UMass Medical School health care law and policy expert Rachel Gershon, JD, MPH.

The U.S. departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury on July 11 announced approval of Alaska’s 1332 waiver.

Obamacare repeal could send premiums soaring for people grappling with health issues, UMass Medical School expert warns

People with significant health issues could wind up getting priced out of the insurance market under legislation recently passed by the House to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), warns UMass Medical School expert Terry Dougherty, MPH.

Several states will see major changes to the non-group market under ACA repeal, UMass Medical School expert says

Roughly one-sixth of the country lives in states that are likely to seek waivers under the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which could dramatically revamp the individual, or non-group, health insurance market, said UMass Medical School expert Terry Dougherty, MPH.

States face tough choices over whom to insure if Congress approves Medicaid cuts, UMass Medical School expert says

States across the country will face agonizing choices over who gets health coverage and who doesn’t if proposed deep cuts to Medicaid clear Congress, notes Terry Dougherty, MPH, executive director of Health Systems Transformation at UMass Medical School.

UMass Medical School experts to present on Medicaid expansion and patient centered care at AcademyHealth

UMass Medical School experts will present how Medicaid expansion affects the way medical frailty is defined in states, and the positive impact of patient-centered care on children enrolled in the Massachusetts Medicaid program, at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting June 25-27 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

States still looking to tailor health care through federal waivers, UMass Medical School expert says

Despite the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passing the House, there seems no clear pathway to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An alternative to federal legislation is the state waiver process, already in place. In an effort to assist states seeking to waive provisions of the ACA, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on May 16 announced a checklist.