After a three-day shutdown of the federal government starting Friday, Congress passed a stopgap measure on Monday, January 22, to ensure that operations could continue for the next three weeks. The temporary spending resolution, which funded the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), among other things, included provisions for suspending or delaying implementation of three Obamacare… Continue Reading ›

The federal government officially reopened on Monday, January 22, after being shut down on Friday night thanks to a standstill in the Senate over a government spending bill. Democrats and Republicans came to a short-term agreement on how the nation’s public offices would continue to get funded through February 8. And while there’s no end… Continue Reading ›

Open enrollment to buy health insurance for 2018 ended nationwide on December 15, 2017, but people living in some states may still be able to get major medical coverage. In states that created their own exchanges under Obamacare, residents have a little more time to buy health insurance for next year – but time is… Continue Reading ›

CMS announced on January 11th that states may now impose a work requirement on all Medicaid recipients, a move that has been very popular amongst Republicans in Congress over the past couple of years. Medicaid is a state-run healthcare program for low income families. The threshold to receive Medicaid varies per state and the state… Continue Reading ›

On Thursday, December 21, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its weekly snapshot for the last full week of enrollment, measuring signups from December 10 through December 15. During this seventh and final week, a little over 4.1 million people enrolled in or renewed their major medical coverage for 2018. These numbers… Continue Reading ›

With uncertainty in the health insurance market, recent surveys have found that the uninsured rate is rising in the United States. In the second half of 2016, the rate of people without health insurance was 10.9 percent, but as of the third quarter of 2017, that rate has risen to 12.3 percent. The boost in… Continue Reading ›

Nearly 1.1 million people signed up for health insurance during week six of open enrollment using the federal exchange site at HealthCare.gov, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The annual signup window for private, nongroup health insurance lasted just 45 days this year and will end this Friday,… Continue Reading ›

Early morning on Saturday, December 2, the Senate passed the largest tax reform bill in three decades. Known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the bill lowers the tax burden on corporations by a significant amount – down to 20 percent over the current rate of 35 percent. The bill also recategorizes taxpayers… Continue Reading ›