Greetings from Washington!
Congress was out of session last week so it was a bit quieter than usual inside the beltway — not counting the fireworks over the Washington Monument on the 4th of July. Things got louder on Monday night, though, when the president announced his nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. In the health policy world, the big news is the administration’s announcement that it will not be providing the next round of “risk adjustment” payments to insurers. Advocates fear that this will cause an increase in 2019 insurance premiums beyond those that might occur anyway. Read an explanation of this issue and more in this week’s Update.