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Supreme Court Will Not Fast-Track ACA Petitions

"The justices denied a motion to fast-track consideration of petitions filed by the U.S. House of Representatives and a group of blue states, asking the Supreme Court to weigh in on the constitutionality of the [ACA's] individual mandate.... The denial of the motion means that the responses to the petitions will not be due until February 3, unless that date is extended, and the justices will not consider the petitions until a conference in late February or early March -- too late for the court to hear oral argument this term even if the petitions are granted." [U.S. House of Representatives v. Texas, No. 19-481 (cert. pet. filed Jan. 3, 2020; motion to expedite consideration denied Jan. 21, 2020)]


For 2020, California Goes Big on Health Care

"[Legislative] proposals would lower prescription drug costs, increase access to health coverage, and restrict and tax vaping. But most lawmakers agree that homelessness will dominate the agenda, including proposals to get people into housing while treating some accompanying physical and mental health problems."

Kaiser Health News

Actuarial Implications of a Medicare Advantage Buy-In Option for Older Adults

"Determining which changes to the healthcare system are best for the United States is a political question. However, actuarial investigation can be essential in understanding the potential financial and risk management implications of a proposal, including whether it is likely to achieve its stated goals. This case study explores the concept of a Medicare Advantage and Part D buy-in option by analyzing potential outcomes under one set of policy and program characteristics."


The End of One-Size-Fits-All Coverage

"In the past, benefits have been cut and dry -- healthcare and retirement. While there have been options within that traditional benefits package structure, there wasn't a need for employers to seek out additional offerings. However, now with the challenges of workforce dynamics, workplace ambiguousness, and heightened competition to get and keep quality talent, companies are seeking out unique and truly comprehensive benefits plans to include voluntary benefits that some refer to as perks or non-traditional benefits."



In Search of Healthy Competition

"When first conceived, [certificate of need] laws were put in place as a deterrent to medical arms races between hospitals and health systems intent on making duplicate purchases of the newest, most expensive technology and passing the cost on to patients. But how has that worked out?"

Chelko Center for Benefits Management


The Labor Movement Must Fight for Medicare for All -- Not Employer-Based Plans

"The spectacle of national labor leaders defending a system that is the biggest cause of strikes, lockouts, and concession bargaining is mind-boggling. For an entire generation now, unions in the United States have traded wages and other benefits for shrinking coverage by employer-provided health insurance (or for the ever-increasing employer contributions required to maintain similarly shrinking benefits from union-sponsored health and welfare funds)."

Physicians for a National Health Program [PNHP]

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