Texas Judge Who Ruled Obamacare Unconstitutional Nixes Transgender Rule

Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas has placed a nationwide injunction on the Obama-era regulation that prohibited insurers and health care providers who receive federal money from denying treatment to anyone based on sex, gender identity or termination of pregnancy. O’Connor, who last year ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) […]

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Little Sisters of the Poor Beseech SCOTUS — Again

The Little Sisters of the Poor have once again filed a petition before the Supreme Court to restore their exemption from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Catholic religious group first filed suit against the ACA in 2013 to seek exemption from having to pay for or provide contraceptive services for […]

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Obamacare Rebates Totaling $1 Billion Due by Sept. 30

According to the “medical loss ratio” provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), insurers must rebate excess premiums by Sept. 30 each year. The estimated tab for this fall is approximately $1 billion, according to estimates, as refunds are due for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The rebates will average about $200 for an […]

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Individual Health Insurance Market Continues Its Decline

From a peak of 18.8 million in 2015  — the first year of Obamacare — the number of Americans enrolled in individual marketplace health insurance policies has dropped to 13.7 million, most of the decline stemming from the non-Obamacare exchanges. Following the zeroing out in 2019 of the individual mandate penalty — buy insurance or […]

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After Steep Increases in 2019, Obamacare Premiums Poised to Moderate

An analysis of health insurer rate filings with state commissioners shows that 2020 premiums for policies sold on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) exchanges look to rise just 0.6 percent, according to a report by Healthcare Dive. Many states might actually see a decrease, with Colorado showing an expected plunge of 18 percent. […]

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No Subsidy=No Obamacare for 2.5 Million Drop-Outs

From 2016 to 2018, 2.5 million customers who failed to qualify for a subsidy dropped their coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), a 40 percent falloff, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “As President Trump predicted, people are fleeing the individual market. Obamacare is […]

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ACA Fate in Hands of 5th Circuit Court

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in early July on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The justices were convened to weigh an appeal from Blue State attorneys-general (AGs) over a ruling in December 2018 by District Judge Reed O’Connor of […]

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Obamacare Appeals Hearing on Track Despite Request for Delay

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals originally set a deadline of today for the filing of supplemental briefs on the question of whether Blue State attorneys general (AGs) and the House of Representatives have standing in the case of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), and surprisingly, Red State AGs […]

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5th Circuit Adds New Wrinkle to Obamacare Ruling Appeal

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments on appeal of a district judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is unconstitutional, but it is now questioning whether anyone has the standing to argue against the ruling. The Trump administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has already agreed in toto […]

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SCOTUS to Hear Case on Obamacare Risk Corridor Payments

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a case brought by health insurance companies claiming they are owed $12 billion by the government for unfunded Obamacare risk corridor payments. Risk corridor payments were designed to compensate those insurance companies that ended up with a sicker (and therefore more expensive) population of enrollees. The money was […]

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