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CBO: Senate bill cuts deficit deeply, also cuts 22 million from healthcare

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The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare would reduce the federal budget deficit faster than a House-passed health care bill, but would cost 22 million people their health coverage. That estimate, only slightly less than the House 23 million that the CBO said would be affected by the House bill, was… Read More →

Phoenix medical office market looks healthy, despite political turmoil

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Political uncertainty and the proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act have many in the healthcare industry wondering what’s next. Despite the current quandary, Metro Phoenix’s medical office market is expected to remain healthy for the foreseeable future following a strong 2016 that produced re-assuring sales and leasing numbers. Sharing their analysis and outlook of last… Read More →

Obamacare replacement fails; Arizona lawmakers say fight goes on

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House leaders withdrew their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act just minutes before a scheduled vote Friday, but Arizona lawmakers on both sides of the issue said they expect the fight over Obamacare to continue. After years of efforts to repeal Obamacare and weeks of lobbying, House Speaker Paul Ryan conceded Friday that he… Read More →

CBO: 24 million could lose insurance under Obamacare replacement

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Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a Congressional Budget Office report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, while leaving as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. “Congress should be focused on finding real solutions that protect access to coverage, not playing partisan politics… Read More →

ASU professor predicts ‘Obamacare’ repeal could send state into health care recession

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A new report from an Arizona State University professor predicts that repealing “Obamacare” could cut Arizona jobs and send the state into a “health care recession.” Lee McPheters, a research professor of economics, discussed the findings of his January study in a conference call Wednesday. Since 1995, one out of every five new payroll jobs… Read More →

Arizona faces steepest Obamacare hike in U.S.

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Arizona residents can expect to see the largest rate increases in the nation when open enrollment for Obamacare begins next week, but advocates say those increases should be offset by similarly large increases in tax credits for consumers. A Monday report by the Department of Health and Human Services said a 27-year-old Arizona resident with… Read More →

Arizona’s Obamacare consumers face higher costs this fall

Insurance companies have one more day to let Arizona regulators know if they will drop or limit coverage under Obamacare, but this much is already certain: Coverage will still be available, but it will cost more. Five insurance companies that had offered coverage in the Affordable Care Act marketplace have told state regulators that they… Read More →

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona partly leaves Obamacare

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will no longer sell individual plans through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace, which is sometimes referred to as Obamacare, in two of Arizona’s counties. Approximately 44,000 people are enrolled with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in Pinal and Maricopa counties through the marketplace for 2016, according… Read More →

Paul Johnson moves from politics to healthcare innovator

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Paul Johnson has always been a groundbreaker. In 1990, he became the youngest mayor of a major American city when he became mayor of Phoenix at age 30. Under his leadership, Phoenix was voted Best Run City in the World. Since leaving politics, Johnson has turned his attention to healthcare, founding Redirect Health, which helps… Read More →

As Obamacare enrollment opens, insurers tweak plans

As open enrollment begins this weekend for the third year of Obamacare, insurance carriers in Arizona are “still trying to figure … out” which types of plans work best for them and for their customers. An estimated 100,000 Arizonans who could have received discounts on marketplace health coverage did not enroll this year. They were… Read More →

Delay on ACA mandates was unavoidable

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With the announcement from the Obama administration regarding the delay of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandates, business owners took a slight sigh of relief heading into the Fourth of July weekend.  In the announcement made on the U.S. Treasury’s website, the “concerns about the complexities” was cited as a reason for delay.  A vast… Read More →

Obamacare penalty delayed for big businesses

Obama, delay, penalties, large employers, Affordable Care Act The Obama administration has announced a one-year delay on penalties against large employers who fail to offer workers insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Although the administration said the decision was the result of “careful, thoughtful” consideration, opponents of the federal health-care law said it reflects… Read More →

Who pays Obamacare’s tax hikes?

Who gets thumped by higher taxes in President Barack Obama’s health care law? The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit, starting next year. And the pain will be shared by some who aren’t so well off — people swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance… Read More →

High Court Upholds Key Part Of Obama Health Care Law

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the vast majority of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance. The 5-4 decision means the huge overhaul, still taking effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the… Read More →