Affordable Care Act News

Texas Senate OKs Ban on Abortion Coverage in Some Insurance Plans

The Texas Senate on March 22 preliminarily approved a bill prohibiting coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans in Texas — despite similar efforts stalling previously. The 19-10 vote leaves Sen. Larry Taylor’s bill a final, largely ceremonial vote …

Nebraska Among States Hardest-Hit by GOP Health Care Bill

A Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would raise health insurance costs in Nebraska faster than in most other states, according to a new report, and advocates say rural areas would be hardest-hit. The analysis was released last …

Current, Ex-Kentucky Governors Battle Over Health Law Legacy

As Republicans in Congress prepare to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Kentucky’s current governor and his predecessor are wrestling over the law’s legacy – and both sides claim the state as a case study of …

Report Assesses Addiction Treatment Insurance in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s three biggest health insurers are largely in compliance in covering treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, and are committed to making changes when needed, state regulators said Thursday. The Department of Insurance began reviewing Anthem, Cigna and Harvard …

Republicans in Indiana Warn of Fallout from Affordable Care Act Repeal

Republican legislative leaders in Indiana are warning that repealing the Affordable Care Act could unravel a program for poor residents that Vice President Mike Pence implemented as governor, a conservative blueprint for expanding Medicaid under the federal law. Indiana House …

Texas Lawmaker Seeks Insurance Policy Abortion Ban

An effort to prohibit coverage of abortion by many health insurance plans in Texas is back, despite stalling in previous years. Republican Sen. Larry Taylor of Friendswood is seeking to bar health insurance plans offered through the Obama administration’s signature …

Oklahoma to Host Public Meetings on Health Care, Insurance Reform

The Oklahoma Insurance Department announced it will host a series of town hall meetings across the state to discuss health care reform. Citizens are encouraged to attend and offer their suggestions. In a statement, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak …

Minnesota May Tap Rainy-Day Fund to Help Cover Insurance Hikes

Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering on Jan. 19, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain …

Arizona Governor Offers Proposals for Health Insurance Overhaul

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is urging Congress not to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul without a well-developed replacement plan, suggesting in a letter that it may take three years for a new system to be fully implemented. …

Ohioans Concerned About Repeal of Federal Health Law

Ohio advocates of the federal health care law targeted by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans said that repeal would jeopardize insurance coverage for as many as 1 million Ohioans by 2019 and hurt families and businesses. Their warnings came …