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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CMS Releases Final Rules for 2020 Health Plans under Obamacare

After a lengthy commentary period that saw few changes from the proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Serves (CMS) has released its “Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters” for health insurance plans being sold on the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) exchanges for 2020. The notice actually lowers user fees on the […]

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DOJ Seeks Speedy Resolution to Obamacare Ruling

On Wednesday, April 10, the 5th Circuit Court granted the Trump administration’s request for an expedited hearing, meaning all arguments will be heard in the first week of July. The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday urged the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear all arguments in the appeal of a judge’s […]

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