Former President and current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posted on TruthSocial on Nov. 25 that he is “seriously looking at alternatives” to the Affordable Care Act. He added that the failure to overturn the ACA during his presidency “was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!” Following Trump’s comments, Citi analyst Jason Cassorla wrote in a note to clients that “we got the sense that the Trump headline didn’t have as much of a dampening impact in comparison to the headlines from back in 2017 when the repeal/replace rhetoric was in full swing and Republicans offered alternative such as block grants and other considerations.” Cassorla added that “as the 2024 election rhetoric heats up, we remain watchful of any momentum change on this front.”
CVS Health Corp.-owned Aetna has reversed course on a previously announced telehealth coverage change, Politico reported. The insurer had planned on ending virtual coverage for intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program care on Dec. 1, but an Aetna spokesperson told Politico that Aetna would no longer go through with that decision. Groups such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Consortium Representing Eating Disorders Care raised concerns about the proposed change.