HHS Says 2.5 Million More May Be Eligible for Obamacare Subsidies

Of some 6.9 million Americans who purchased health insurance in private markets and not on the exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that 2.5 million should be eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reducing their monthly premiums to as little as $75 a month, according to an analysis […]

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Health Care Providers Must Post Nondiscrimination Notice, Taglines by Oct. 17

The final Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule on the statute’s section 1557 requires that all health care providers receiving federal funds post in a conspicuous public space in their offices a “Notice of Nondiscrimination” prior to this coming Oct. 17, 2016. Federal funding generally refers to those providers accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients, or participaing in […]

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Hawaii First to Petition for Exit from Obamacare

Starting in 2017, states can opt out of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and implement their own health care systems, but they must match or exceed ACA standards. Hawaii has now jumped into the opt-out, do-better fray, saying its own standards already exceed those of the federal statute. Specifically, the Aloha State wants to […]

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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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CMS Proposes Changes to Obamacare Marketplace Beginning in 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its proposed annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018, which proposes additional steps to strengthen the Health Insurance Marketplace. CMS said it is issuing this rule earlier in the calendar year in order to provide more certainty to the Marketplace as it continues to mature. […]

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Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Counties Face Two or Fewer Health Insurance Choices

An analysis by the respected Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 31 percent of U.S. counties will have only one insurer to choose from when open enrollment for Obamacare commences Nov. 1. Another 31 percent will have only two, and one county — Pinal in Arizona — likely will have none. In 2016, only 7 percent […]

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Obamacare Premiums Rise Steeply

State insurance commissioners, under pressure from health insurers bleeding red on the Obamacare exchanges, have begun approving rate hikes up to 62 percent, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quickly reassured consumers that taxpayers would pick up the tab. With insurance premiums to be announced steadily up to the Nov. 1 open […]

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HIPAA Celebrates 20th Anniversary Today

On this day (Aug. 21) in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which as its title implies protects people with pre-existing conditions when they change jobs and need new health insurance. From that date until Obamacare took over in 2014, if you left one company with a […]

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Aetna Fleeing Obamacare Exchanges in 11 of 15 States It Serves

Aetna Inc., citing losses of at least $300 million this year on Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies, announced it is abandoning the Obamacare marketplaces in 11 of the 15 states it currently serves, leaving Pinal County in Arizona with no insurer willing to offer policies. After the move, Aetna will be offering policies […]

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Aetna Calls Off Plan for ACA Expansion, Citing $300 Million in Losses This Year

Aetna has joined UnitedHealth Group and Humana in reconsidering — and even pulling back — its participation in Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces. Facing up to $300 million in ACA policy losses this year, Aetna announced it has canceled a planned expansion into five new state exchanges for 2017. Also on the tablet are […]

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