The draft of House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act does not
eliminate the tax on high-value employer health plans. However, it delays
implementation until 2025. This provision would tax employers for the value of
employer-provided health insurance that exceeds the 90th percentile. The bill
would also repeal most of the other ACA taxes that financed the law's subsidies.
The Future of Narrow Networks After Repeal of the ACA
Narrow Networks appear to be achieving their goals of controlling healthcare costs
while meeting patients' needs. But what will happen to them if the Affordable Care
Act (ACA) is repealed or significantly changed? And, what can be done to make
Narrow Networks effective for both payers and plan members whether or not the
ACA is replaced?
The Travel Ban - A Major Problem for Healthcare and Medicine
28% of physician and surgeons in the U.S. are foreign-born. So, too, are 22% of
nursing, psychiatric and home aides, 15% of registered nurses and more than half
of medical scientists in the biotechnology sector. The President's travel ban and
tougher immigration policies could damage the country's capacity to provide
healthcare services and impact advances in medical research.
For the first time in years, average deductibles for individual and family health
plans in 2017 were essentially the same as the prior year. Participation by both
individuals and families in high-deductible plans was up only very slightly.
The report by DirectPath and CEB addresses cost, utilization of HSA, wellness
program and specialty drug trends.