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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that state-regulated health plans will be required to fully cover the costs of Coronavirus testing for their members.

The Scoop: March 4, 2020 Edition

March 4, 2020 – In this edition of The Scoop: New York requires state-regulated health plans to fully cover coronavirus testing; More than 18,000 select… Read more

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Monday that eases reporting rules for adults facing Medicaid work requirements.

The Scoop: February 26, 2020 Edition

February 26, 2020 – In this week's edition: Michigan governor wants federal judge to quickly overturn state's Medicaid work requirement; Virginia House, Senate… Read more

Utah state employees who take high-cost specialty drugs are being given the option of traveling to Mexico in order to obtain their drugs at a much lower cost – and the state is reimbursing them for travel expenses.

The Scoop: February 12, 2020 Edition

February 12, 2020 – In this edition: DC exchange offers SEP for residents who weren't aware of DC's individual mandate; Virginia lawmakers approve bills to… Read more

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning have announced bipartisan legislation that calls for Medicaid expansion in Kansas starting in January 2021.

The Scoop: January 15, 2020 Edition

January 15, 2020 – Headlines in this edition of The Scoop: Open enrollment ends tonight in Colorado and Connecticut; Medicaid expansion might be a reality in… Read more

Students at BYU-Idaho are petitioning the school to allow students to select their own health coverage – including Medicaid if they’re eligible for it.

The Scoop: November 20, 2019 Edition

November 20, 2019 – In this edition of The Scoop: some plaintiff states eye consumer protection measures in case their legal challenge the ACA succeeds; a… Read more

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper | Reuters: Brian Snyder

The Scoop: August 23, 2019 Edition

August 23, 2019 – In this week's edition of The Scoop: Reinsurance gets federal approval in Montana and Delaware; Maryland short-term plans will cover mental… Read more

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says a reinsurance pool approved by the federal government will drive down insurance premiums in the state.

The Scoop: August 2, 2019 Edition

August 2, 2019 – In this edition of The Scoop: North Dakota and Colorado state reinsurance programs receive federal approval; CMS rejects Utah's request for… Read more

Fourteen states have made progress toward implementing at least ten provisions that will help preserve the ACA's impact.

What’s YOUR state doing to save the ACA?

June 7, 2019 – Fourteen states have either locked in – or made progress toward – at least ten provisions that will help preserve the Affordable Care… Read more

While the Trump Administration has been working to thwart the Affordable Care Act quite a few states have been taking action to shore up their individual markets and protect access to health care.

Four ways states are foiling Obamacare sabotage

November 7, 2017 – While the Trump Administration has been working to thwart the Affordable Care Act quite a few states have been taking action to shore up… Read more


‘Bailout?’ ‘Unprecedented?’ Honestly?

January 29, 2014 – "What [ACA critics] don't tell you is that while $25 billion is a lot of money, it is pocket change compared to the enormous amount of… Read more

State of Obamacare 2014.

Obamacare pitfalls and protections

January 27, 2014 – In Part 1 of my interview with Jonathan Cohn, we talked about what’s working with the Affordable Care Act (and what’s not) – and also… Read more

Large ship.

Don’t expect ‘spiraling premiums’ in 2015

January 4, 2014 – Reinsurance, risk corridors and risk adjustment are ACA provisions specifically designed to stabilize new health plans, especially in the… Read more