At Least 8.4 Million to Face Stiff Health Care Premium Hikes

At least 8.4 million consumers buying health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 will bear the brunt of the across-the-board premium increases health insurers set for 2017 policies, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Seven million of them will be those who purchase policies outside the federal and state health insurance […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins Today

Open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov, opens today with millions of people facing huge premium increases along with a loss of options. In Arizona, for instance, consumers will have the choice of just one insurer in all but a single county, and in Southwest Florida residents also have just one […]

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HHS Forges Partnerships to Promote Obamacare Open Enrollment

Ahead of the fourth Open Enrollment period, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a commitment from seventeen companies to support enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. These companies will connect freelance professionals, entrepreneurs and customers with information and resources to encourage enrollment in affordable coverage throughout the Open Enrollment period beginning Nov. […]

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Obamacare Premiums Rise 25 Percent as Insurers Flee the Market

Open enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies sold on government marketplaces begins Nov. 1, but consumers will face a 25-percent jump in premiums on the popular silver plans at HealthCare.gov, the Wall Street Journal reports in today’s edition. Administration officials caution, however, that up to three-quarters of enrollees will qualify for federal subsidies, lowering their […]

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HHS Looks for 13.8 Million Obamacare Sign-Ups

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that she expects 13.8 million individuals to sign up for coverage through the Marketplaces during the upcoming open enrollment. The projection was announced as part of her remarks highlighting what she called the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) success in dramatically expanding access to […]

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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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