IRS Says It Will Continue to Enforce ACA Mandates, Fines for Non-Compliance

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued four letters emphasizing that the employer shared responsibility and individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are still the law of the land and will be enforced. In the two years since businesses had to start filing reports on the health insurance, or lack thereof, they […]

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Aetna Withdrawing from Obamacare Exchanges — in Its Own Words

Aetna announced today that it’s withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) marketplace. Here is the company’s announcement: Aetna has long been committed to providing access to affordable, high-quality health care for all Americans. That is why, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, we invested significantly and participated actively in the public […]

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Senate Republicans’ Repeal-Only Effort Collapses on the Heels of ‘Repeal and Replace’

Less than a day after more Republican defections doomed the Senate’s “repeal and replace” health care legislation, the option of “repeal now and replace later” went down in flames as well. Three GOP Senators immediately said they couldn’t vote for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) without a replacement. Sens. Susan […]

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Senate Republicans Give Up on ‘Repeal and Replace’

With the defection of two more Senate Republicans from the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 has been withdrawn from a vote. On Monday, Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Jerry Moran (Kan.) issued statements declaring they would not vote for the revamped measure. They thus joined Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and […]

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Percentage of Uninsured Rises in First Two Quarters

The percentage of uninsured adults has risen in the first two quarters of 2017, according to a new Gallup poll. Standing at 10.9 percent in the third and fourth quarters of 2016, the percent of adults without health insurance rose to 11.3 in the first quarter and to 11.9 in the second quarter of this […]

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Poll Shows Most Workers Aren’t Worried About Obamacare Repeal

A Harris poll has found that 61 percent of employees aren’t concerned about a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or commonly Obamacare), but there are provisions of the law they want to see preserved. Coverage for pre-existing conditions (80 percent), free preventative care (78 percent) and coverage for adult children until age 26 […]

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Alaska Obtains Obamacare Waiver to Create Reinsurance Pool

Alaska has obtained a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to create the Alaska Reinsurance Program (ARP), which will be used to drive down costs to consumers while also providing coverage to those who lack insurance. “The approval will temporarily stabilize Alaska’s individual insurance market, which only has one carrier […]

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Obamacare Policy Issuers Decrease by 38 Percent from 2016-17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that 141 individual market qualified health plan (QHP) issuers had submitted initial applications to offer coverage using the federally-facilitated exchange eligibility and enrollment platform (healthcare.gov) in 2018. At the initial filing deadline last year, 227 issuers submitted an application compared to 141 this year, a […]

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Private Insurers Pay Twice (or More) for Physician, Hospital Services than Medicare

At the same time that it issued its assessment of the Senate’s new health care plan, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a related report comparing physician and hospital costs when paid by private insurers and when paid by Medicare and Medicare Advantage. The CBO found the average commercial payment rate for hospital admission was […]

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Senate Releases Details of Its Obamacare ‘Repeal and Replace’ Legislation

Gearing up for a hoped-for vote before the July 4th holiday, the U.S. Senate (actually, its Republican leadership) this morning released details about its proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 in pursuit of the GOP’s goal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The measure is similar to but more […]

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