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Despite one of the best efforts of President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, the Affordable Care Act remains to be the regulation of the land. And after a turbulent yr, open enrollment for people who purchase their very own medical insurance begins Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo talk about the present state of the well being regulation. Julie additionally interviews Lori Lodes, a former Obama administration well being official and co-founder of the brand new group “Get America Covered.”

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

Unveiling of the 2018 insurance policies on the federal web site reaffirms the anomalies of pricing this cycle. For many purchasers, there can be some gold plans which can be cheaper than the usual silver plans — despite the fact that the gold plans supply extra complete protection. Consumers will certainly have to buy round to search out the suitable plan for them. Although a federal decide in California turned down a request from states to cease President Trump from ending funds to insurers for some well being subsidies, the case shouldn’t be over. The Internal Revenue Service’s resolution to require taxpayers to say whether or not they had insurance coverage this yr is a key turnaround for the administration. As Congress fails to resume the Children’s Health Insurance Program (which expired Oct. 1), states are slowly creeping as much as the funding cliff.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists advocate their favourite well being tales of the week that they suppose you need to learn, too.

Julie Rovner: BuzzFeed News’ “A Trump Official Once Suggested Women Who Get Free Contraception Should Swear They Won’t Get An Abortion,” by Ema O’Connor.

Sarah Kliff:’s “The ‘Uber for birth control’ expands in conservative states, opening a new front in war over contraceptives,” by Max Blau

Margot Sanger-Katz: From the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb’s testimony earlier than the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health, “Federal Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis: A Status Update on CARA and Other Initiatives.”

Alice Ollstein: Reuters’ “The Body Trade: Cashing in on the donated dead,” by Brian Grow and John Shiffman.

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