Obamacare Risk Corridors Program to the Rescue?

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress included a provision called the “risk corridors program” that collects money from insurance companies making money and then distributes it to companies losing money. The program is set to run through 2016, but with a severe limitation. Congress in 2014 passed, and the president signed, a […]

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UnitedHealth May Drop Out of Obamacare Marketplaces

UnitedHealth, the industry’s largest insurer, is eyeing lessened or no participation in the Obamacare marketplaces in 2017 and is already cutting back participation during this year’s open enrollment, citing high costs and low participation. “We cannot sustain these losses,” Chief Executive Stephen Hemsley said Thursday. “We can’t really subsidize a marketplace that doesn’t appear at […]

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Coloradans to Vote on Single-Payer Health Care System

Initiative 20, the “State Health Care System,” will be on the November 2016 ballot in Colorado after supporters collected 158,831 voters’ signatures, some 60,000 more than the 98,492 needed. The Secretary of State on Monday projected the valid-signature total would equal 110 percent of the number needed and certified the initiative for the ballot. Under […]

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SCOTUS to Review Contraceptive Services Mandate

The fate of another Obamacare provision may well rest in the hands of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, just as it has three times in the past when he was the deciding vote on the legality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time the Obamacare provision under review is the workaround rule […]

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Budget Deal Repeals Health Insurance Auto-Enroll

As part of the budget package that passed the Senate and went to the president on Friday, the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires companies with 200 or more employees to auto-enroll everyone into health insurance was repealed. The provision, however, was yet to be enforced as a final implementing rule was […]

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Study Finds 15 Percent of Obamacare Plans Lack Specialist Coverage

To keep premiums — and expenses — low, health insurance companies rely on what are called “narrow networks” of providers, limiting the consumer’s options. Now the Harvard School of Public Health has found that 15 percent of the 135 silver plans its researchers studied did not include a single in-network specialist for at least one […]

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Obamacare Premiums to Rise for 2016 Coverage

In a report not yet fully released, the Obama administration on Monday conceded that health care premiums for 2016 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will rise pretty much across the board. For instance, the premium for the midrange “silver plan” will rise on average 7.5 percent, while for 60 percent of all enrollees, covering […]

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HHS Rolls Out HealthCare.gov 3.0

The initial version of HealthCare.gov was so defective, it slowed and hindered the launch of Obamacare in 2013. Now, several iterations and glitch fixes later, today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching a more user-friendly version, dubbed 3.0 by reporters attending Friday’s preview. The version available today still lacks features that HHS promises […]

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Judge Lets Obamacare Ruling Stand

The Obama administration sought an immediate appeal of a judge’s ruling letting a lawsuit initiated by the House of Representatives about Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to go forward, but was rebuffed this week when U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled: “Suffice it to say, the court is not convinced that it erred” [in its […]

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HHS Sees 10 Million Active on Obamacare Plans at End of 2015

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that she expects 10 million individuals to be enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and paying their premiums –- so-called effectuated coverage -– at the close of 2016. As part of that goal, HHS believes more than 1 out of every 4 […]

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