Marissa Evans


Indiana To Expand Medicaid For 350,000 Residents; 9.5M Enrolled Through Healthcare.gov

Today’s Washington Brief: The Obama administration released the main brief outlining arguments for the King v. Burwell case to the Supreme Court, reports Modern Healthcare. Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) announced the state had reached an agreement with HHS that would expand Medicaid to 350,000 residents, reports The Indianapolis Star. However, Politico writes this move could be costly to Pence’s 2016 ambitions. HHS announced 9.5 million people […]

CBO Lowers Cost of ACA; HHS Moving Away From Fee-For-Service Model

Today’s Washington Brief: A new CBO report estimates ACA coverage will cost $571 billion between fiscal years 2015 and 2019, down 20 percent from its original estimate when the law was signed, reports The New York Times. HHS announced a goal of having 85 percent of Medicare payments tied in some way to quality measures by the end of 2016, […]

CoOpportunity To Shut Down; Healthcare.gov Consumer Protections Increase

Today’s Washington Brief: CoOportunity Health, one of the nonprofit insurers created under the ACA, is shutting down by end of February because health care costs exceeded funds, reports The Wall Street Journal. Healthcare.gov’s connection to third party websites has dropped from 50 to 30 after a report last week found the sites were able to collect users’ age, income and […]

Week In Review and What’s Ahead

Week In Review: SOTU Skimps, Republicans Face Riddle On ACA President Obama’s second-to-last State of the Union address barely touched on healthcare, hitting the major accomplishment of the Affordable Care Act once – that about 10 million Americans  “finally gained the security of health coverage” – and making only one mention of the historically slow rate of […]

Arkansas Governor To Make Decision On State’s Medicaid Private Option; 7.1M Enrolled Through Healthcare.gov

Today’s Washington Brief: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) will give a speech today on what he plans to do about the state’s private option for Medicaid expansion, reports The Arkansas Times.  Just over 7.1 million people have signed up for health insurance through Healthcare.gov since open enrollment began in November, HHS announced in a report yesterday. Of the 1,700 hospitals that […]

Obama Barely Touches On ACA In SOTU; Hatch Calls For Post-Halbig Plan

Today’s State of the Union Brief: President Obama’s second-to-last State of the Union address barely touched on healthcare, hitting the major accomplishment of the Affordable Care Act once – that about 10 million Americans  “finally gained the security of health coverage” – and making only one mention of the historically slow rate of health care […]

Republicans Mulling Reconciliation Strategy; Advertisers Get ACA User Data

Today’s Washington Brief: President Obama will give his State of the Union speech tonight as he faces the challenges of a Republican-led Congress and the ACA heading back to the Supreme Court. Morning Consult looks back at what he said on health care and how different (or similar) things might be from 2014 to 2015. Republicans are splitting on […]

Looking Back at Health in SOTU

When President Obama took to the podium for last year’s State of the Union address, he faced Congress with a federal exchange website that had just barely started working. This year, he will address Congress from a much stronger position when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, with the uninsured rate at historic lows […]

Obama To Outline Compromises in SOTU; Biotech Industry Rides Investment Wave

Today’s Washington Brief: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced on Friday she’s leaving the agency at the end of February, reports Morning Consult.  President Obama is expected to use his State of the Union speech tomorrow to show how he’ll work with Republicans lawmakers and push Democrats to do the same, reports The Wall Street Journal. Gov. Asa […]