Apr 25, 2017

Centene expects to sell ACA plans in 2018

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Michael Neidorff, CEO of health insurance company Centene, told investors Tuesday during a first-quarter earnings call that he doesn't think the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies will get eliminated and that he expects to stay in the exchanges next year.

"We see nothing at this point to prevent us from proceeding from our 2018 marketplace participation." — Centene CEO Michael Neidorff

Why this matters: Anthem is one of the most important ACA health insurers right now, but Centene holds a lot of power as well. Centene had 1.2 million ACA exchange members as of March 31 (or about 10% of the individual market). However, as Duke University researcher David Anderson has pointed out, Centene uses a strategy that captures the healthiest, price-sensitive shoppers.

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.