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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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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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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Five Cities Sue Trump Administration Over Obamacare

A coalition of five cities has sued President Trump and officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for deliberately “sabotaging” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The suit hinges on a clause in the Constitution and on the judicial review powers set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The clause […]

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HHS Proposes to Reverse Transgender Protections under Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) contains language prohibiting discrimination in health care based on sex, which was expanded under a 2016 rule by the Obama-era Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to include gender identity. Now the Trump HHS has proposed reversing that rule and confining ACA anti-discrimination protections to only the […]

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Washington State Adds Public Option Health Insurance

As “Medicare for All” becomes the mantra of several candidates for president, all progressive Democrats, Washington State on Monday inaugurated its own version of a public option health insurance plan, based on expanding the qualifications for Medicaid to 500 percent of the federal poverty line, or $62,450 a year for a single person. The agency […]

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