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Health Care Reform: Stay Informed


While the future of health care reform remains uncertain, BlueShield of Northeastern New York is committed to keeping you up to date on the latest news. Our goal is to help you understand what health reform means for you.

 

The proposed bill will NOT affect 2017 coverage, nor access to care. As changes continue to be proposed to the Affordable Care Act, you can be confident that we will work with our members, groups and brokers to help them understand their options. Please bookmark this page for the latest updates on health care reform from BlueShield of Northeastern New York.

 

Health Care Reform News

Spending Bill Agreement Update

March 26, 2018

Yesterday, (3/21/18) Congressional leaders announced agreement on a $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government funded through the rest of the fiscal year. Since October, the government has been operating on five continuing budget resolutions, the most recent of which expires on March 23.

 

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Proposed rule issued; no effect on NYS market

February 26, 2018

Today, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule to extend the duration of short-term health plans.  However, even if it becomes final, the federal rule will not affect New York because the state does not allow such short-term policies.

 

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Budget extender bill passed; includes HIT deferral

January 23, 2018

Budget extender bill passed containing health insurer tax deferral for 2019; budget negotiations continue.

 

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Association Health Plan (AHP) proposed rule issued

January 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule that would allow small employers and sole proprietors to band together to purchase large group health plans that would be exempt from many of the requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

 

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Individual Market Stabilizers in 2018

December 28, 2017

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at the request of Senators Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins, announced he would wait until 2018 to address the market stabilization measures.
 

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Congress Passes Tax Bill

December 20, 2017

On a mostly party-line votes, both the House and Senate passed the compromise tax bill on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

 

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Senate Passes Tax Bill

December 2, 2017

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday December 2, the Senate passed its amended tax overhaul bill which includes repeal of the penalty for those not having health insurance (the individual mandate).

 

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Stay tuned for new updates on Health Care Reform.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at reformquestions@bsneny.com

 

News and Media

August 3, 2017:
Senators Plan Bipartisan Hearings On Health CareFlip-Flop On Health Care

Dave Anderson, CEO of HealthNow New York, talks with Steve Inskeep about lawmakers' plans to hold bipartisan hearings on health insurance exchanges. NPR's Scott Horsley has details and analysis.

 


April 27, 2017:
As Trump And Congress Flip-Flop On Health Care, Insurers Try To Plan Ahead.

As part of a coordinated, systemwide Blues advocacy effort to ensure funding for Cost Sharing Reductions, President and CEO Dave Anderson spoke with NPR's All Things Considered.

 


Need to understand a term?

View our helpful Health Care Reform Glossary to understand frequent terms and definitions.

 

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