CMS Says 63 Counties to Be Without Obamacare Provider

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted an update to its Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. This map is of projected issuer participation on the Health Insurance Exchanges in 2018 based on the known issuer public announcements through Sept. 13, 2017. Participation is expected to fluctuate and does not represent actual […]

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Bernie Wants Medicare for All, While Two Senators Push Repeal and Replace

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.) has introduced legislation to establish a single-payer nationwide system of health care, commonly dubbed Medicare for All, while Sens. Bill Cassidy (R.-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are trying to beat the odds with a last-ditch repeal and replace effort. Problem with the two senators’ effort is that the reconciliation process, by […]

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Repeal and Replace Back from the Dead?

Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.), who cast the third and decisive no vote the last time Obamacare repeal and replace was considered in the Senate, seemed to flip-flop on Sept. 6 when he said he would consider supporting a new measure called Graham-Cassidy, which has yet to make it into print. The effort, named after its […]

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Trump Administration to Cut Funding for Obamacare Advertising, Promotion

The Trump administration is slashing advertising for enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies for 2018 from $100 million to $10 million, and cutting funding for “navigators,” individuals who help people sign up, from $62.5 million to $36 million, CNBC reports today, citing phone calls from Health and Human Services (HHS) officials. Those officials and […]

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Last of 81 ‘Bare’ Counties Lands an Obamacare Insurer

Seven states had been scrambling to find insurers willing to sell Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies in 81 “bare” counties, and this week the sole remaining, unserviced county — Paulding in rural Ohio — found a suitor in CareSource. The result is that there are no longer any areas of the United States […]

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Iowa Seeks Obamacare Waiver to Fill Void

Faced with the possibility of having no insurance company selling on the Obamacare exchanges in the state, Iowa has applied for a 1332 innovation waiver under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If approved, Iowa will sell just one standard policy on the ACA exchange and will back it up with tax credits to […]

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4 Million Paid Average of $708 in Obamacare Penalties in 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that 4 million Americans paid an average of $708 for not having health insurance in 2016 — what the IRS terms the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment (ISRP). The average is just over the base penalty of $695 imposed for a whole year without coverage. Interestingly, 22.6 million others filed for exemptions […]

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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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