CMS Gives States Power to Refashion Obamacare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of the Treasury issued new guidance on Nov. 29, allowing states to move their insurance markets away from what they called the “one-size-fits-all” rules and regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) and increase choice and competition within their insurance markets. […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Reaches Nearly 2 Million

In week three of the 2019 Open Enrollment, 748,244 people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform, bringing the total to 1,924,476. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday.  Consequently, the cumulative totals reported in this snapshot reflect one fewer day than last year. Every week during Open Enrollment, the Centers for […]

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Whither the Lawsuit Against Obamacare?

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of Ft. Worth, Texas, heard arguments two months ago over a Texas-led coalition’s contention that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is no longer constitutional now that the individual mandate has lost its “tax-like” monetary penalty. But the judge has yet to rule, though in the past — […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow

The window for signing up for health insurance plans effective Jan. 1, 2019, closes at the end of Obamacare open enrollment on Dec. 15 of this year, following the opening of the federal exchange — HealthCare.gov — tomorrow. While this opening is of somewhat limited interest to applicable large employers (ALEs) — those companies with […]

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Grants Awarded for Obamacare Navigators

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $10 million in Navigator grants to 39 organizations that will serve as Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchange states. These awards will support the work of organizations that offer assistance to consumers navigating, shopping for, and enrolling in health insurance coverage for 2019. “We are committed to making […]

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Obamacare Premiums to Moderate for 2019 Plan Year

After double-digit increases for the past couple of years, premiums for health insurance policies purchased on the Obamacare exchanges for 2019 are expected to moderate — or even drop — in 41 states, while six states will see 10-percent-plus increases, according to a study done by Avalere Health and the Associated Press. Nationwide, the average […]

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Constitutionality of ACA Goes on Trial Today

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor will hear arguments in Texas beginning today in a case brought by 20 “red” states over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), whose result could have far-reaching consequences in the upcoming national elections and beyond. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who last week won another ACA […]

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When It Comes to Short-Term Health Plans, Some States Just Say No

While the Trump administration has rolled out a plan to make available short-term health insurance policies, up from the current 90 days to 12 months in duration, some states have already said they don’t want any part of it. Since the plans don’t have to include all the essential health benefits (EHBs) of the Affordable […]

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Three States Join Challenge to Constitutionality of Obamacare

With the addition of North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin this week, the lawsuit against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is now being waged in Texas — where the legal action originated — by a combined 23 states. The crux of the lawsuit, filed by the Texas attorney general, is […]

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CMS Cuts Obamacare Navigator Funding from $36M to $10M

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigator program, which funds groups and individuals to help walk people through the Obamacare sign-up process, is being cut financially once again by the Trump administration, this time from $36 million to $10 million. In 2017, funding stood at $63 million. Regardless of the federal outlay, the Navigator program has […]

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