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October 18, 2017
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Senators reach bipartisan agreement to stabilize ACA markets
Murray, Alexander (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senators reach bipartisan agreement to stabilize ACA markets
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced a deal Tuesday to stabilize the individual insurance market by funding cost-sharing reduction payments through 2019, giving states more flexibility to skirt certain Affordable Care Act requirements, allowing consumers over age 30 to purchase copper plans, and providing $106 million to support ACA enrollment. However, the proposal garnered mixed messages from President Donald Trump, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has not said whether he will allow a vote, and some Republicans said they oppose it.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/17),  Politico (10/17),  Healthcare Finance News (10/17) 
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Agenda Items
Officials agree to extend stalled NAFTA talks
Officials agree to extend stalled NAFTA talks
Lighthizer (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada, Mexico and the US have agreed to drop a year-end deadline for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and to extend talks into the first quarter. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the goal of finishing renegotiation this year "was never a hard target."
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/17),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Data Points
Forbes "richest" list leaves out 169 billionaires
Forbes "richest" list leaves out 169 billionaires
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The annual Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the US has been released, and a record 169 people with a net worth more than $1 billion were not included. President Donald Trump ranks 248th with an estimated worth of $3.1 billion.
CNBC (10/18),  Forbes (10/17),  Forbes/(list) (10/17) 
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Daily Diversion
Pilot may be in trouble after air-dropping turkeys at Ark. festival
Pilot may be in trouble after air-dropping turkeys at Ark. festival
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A pilot who flew low over an Arkansas festival and dropped several live turkeys from a plane may end up in trouble with the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency is investigating the incident, which took place Saturday at the annual Yellville Turkey Trot.
ABC News/The Associated Press (10/16) 
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This takes care of the next two years. After that, we can have a full-fledged debate on where we go long term on health care.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., quoted by The Washington Post
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