Trump Signs Executive Order to Promote Insurance Principles Championed by UM Doctor

Crain’s Detroit – Jay Greene

President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to write rules within 120 days that would allow people covered by high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts with chronic diseases easier access to life-saving treatments.

New Bill Would Mean More Flexibility for High-Deductible Health Plans

FierceHealthcare – Leslie Small

A new bill aims to give health plans more flexibility to help enrollees treat and prevent chronic diseases.  The bill, called the Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018, would amend the IRS tax code so that high-deductible health plans paired with health savings accounts could cover chronic disease prevention and treatment on a pre-deductible basis.

New Bipartisan Bill Coupled with Budget Deal Language Seen as Major Step for V-BID

Inside Health Policy

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House and Senate Thursday would tweak the Department of Treasury’s definition of a safe harbor for health savings accounts linked to high-deductible health plans (HDHP) to allow treatments needed for chronic care management to be covered prior to a beneficiary hitting the deductible.

Proposed Bipartisan Bill, 2018 Budget Deal Provide Positive Implications for V-BID

AJMC – Jaime Rosenburg

As value-based insurance design (VBID) continues to gain and maintain bipartisan support, the last week alone saw 2 bills introduced or passed with positive implications for the concept.

Measure Seeks to Bolster High-Deductible Health Plan Flexibility

Life Science Daily – Douglas Clark

Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) recently introduced a bill designed to lend greater flexibility to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs).