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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HHS Report: Premiums Have Doubled Under Obamacare

In a report issued this past week, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that health insurance premiums offered on HealthCare.gov have doubled since the start of the Affordable Care Act: Comparing the average premiums found in 2013 MLR data and […]

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Uncertainty over Subsidies Has Insurers Talking Huge Hikes in Premiums

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the largest Obamacare insurer in the state, has announced it intends to hike health insurance premiums by 22.9 percent in 2018 unless the Trump administration guarantees to continue doling out what are called cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). If the CSRs are continued, the company added, rates would go […]

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Administration Seeks 90-Day Extension on Obamacare Subsidies Hearing

Facing an appeals hearing on an Obamacare lawsuit brought by House Republicans, President Donald Trump’s administration has asked a U.S. Court of Appeals for another 90 days to resolve the legal issue with regard to the so-called cost-sharing reduction payments mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Department of Justice and House […]

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HHS Announces Limited ‘Fixes’ to Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a set of limited “fixes” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) going forward. “While these steps will help stabilize the individual and small group markets, they are not a long-term cure for the problems that the Affordable Care Act has created in our health […]

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Death by a Thousand Cuts — or One Executive Action — to Obamacare

Shortly after signing an executive order barring any new regulations by federal agencies, President Donald J. Trump signed another order that mandates his agencies to “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the [Affordable Care] Act [ACA]” that they deem to burden individuals, insurers, health-care providers, or […]

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Administration Targets Young People for Obamacare Sign-Ups

With the sign-up of young persons lagging behind the needs of balancing young and old, healthy and sick, the administration is turning to cyberspace and other initiatives to lure young people into signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. In 2016, fewer than 30 percent of Obamacare sign-ups out of […]

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UnitedHealth Makes It Official: Obamacare Withdrawal Underway

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest health insurance firm, has announced it plans to withdraw from all but “a handful” of Obamacare states in 2017 as it faces losses from the program rising to $650 million this year. UnitedHealth currently insures 795,000 Obamacare enrollees in 34 states, but CEO Stephen J. Hemsley says “the shorter-term, […]

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Obamacare Six Years Later: Medicaid Enrollment Swells

Six years after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka “Obamacare”), the ranks of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients have swelled, while enrollees on the federal and state health insurance exchanges have missed the official target by millions. Such is the conclusion of a study just released by […]

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Obamacare Turns 6 Today

It was six years ago today, on March 23, 2010, that the president signed into law his namesake legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly — but not always affectionately — known as Obamacare. In commemoration of the anniversary, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been running a series […]

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