Blog: It Makes More Sense to Strengthen SHOP Than to Expand Association Health Plans

The Trump Administration has just proposed a new rule which seeks to expand the scope of Association Health Plans (AHPs), arrangements in which small businesses can pool together to get the purchasing clout of large employers to get a better deal on private insurance coverage.  In principle, that is not a bad idea and in fact is the motivating spirit underlying the Affordable Care Act’s creation of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) component of the health insurance exchanges.  SHOP let

Ethics and Governance Analysis of Final Revisions to the Common Rule

The Obama Administration’s recent revision of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, known as the Common Rule, raises the questions of how we, as a society, should best translate ethical principles into law and whether law is the ideal vehicle for pursuing ethical outcomes in the case of human subjects research.   

Importance of Upcoming Court Decisions Regarding Planned Parenthood

In a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective, Sara Rosenbaum explains the significance of the Does v. Gillespie case.

The Ramifications of Repealing the Individual Mandate

Repealing the mandate "remains a cynical effort to fund tax cuts for the wealthy by making health insurance less affordable.”

The Senate’s Tax Reform Bill Puts Public Health at Risk

In a sneak attack akin to Pearl Harbor, the Senate sought to deal a death blow to health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act by its last minute addition of the repeal of the individual responsibility mandate into its tax reform bill.  The Congressional Budget Office estimated that this would lead health insurance coverage to fall by 13 million and to raise health insurance premiums by 10 percent.  Combined with Pr