Some State ACA Exchanges Still Open

A handful of states are still operating their Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace exchanges, even after the federal exchange — HealthCare.gov — closed down in mid-December for everyone except those in hurricane- or wind-ravaged areas. The federal exchange, even with a window half as long as in 2016, saw 8.8 million people sign-up for coverage […]

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Obamacare Employer Mandate Penalties Arrive in the Mail

The individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) may be expiring — in 2019 — but the employer mandate is alive and well, and companies were sent notices in November advising them of any violations and the consequent tax penalty due. According to the employer mandate provision, companies with 50 or more […]

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Individual Mandate Repeal Stirs Worries over Obamacare’s Viability

Congress this morning passed its tax reform legislation and sent it to the president’s desk for signing. The inclusion of a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) individual mandate has caused concern that a shrinking pool of young people on the Obamacare exchanges will result in higher premiums for older, sicker […]

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With Enrollment Soon Closing, Obamacare Sign-ups Reach 4.7 Million

Friday (Dec. 15) is the end of this year’s open enrollment at HealthCare.gov, and the latest tally shows that 4.7 million people have so far signed up for Obamacare health insurance policies. In 2016, a total of 9.2 million enrolled, but that sign-up period stretched into January of this year. Of the 4,678,361 million who […]

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Health Care Spending Slows Nationally, Rises Individually

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported on Dec. 6 that health care spending in 2016 slowed its growth rate, whereas individuals’ out-of-pocket costs rose. In 2016 health care expenditures reached $3.3 trillion, an increase of 4.3 percent, following two years of rapid growth during the first years of the Affordable Care Act […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 3.6 Million in Latest Tally

As of Saturday, Dec. 2, Obamacare enrollment on the federal marketplace had reached 3.6 million with two weeks remaining before open enrollment closes on Dec. 15. A total of 823,180 people during the week ending Dec. 2 signed up for an insurance plan sold on HealthCare.gov, which serves most of the United States, according to  […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Numbers Surge

On the first day of open enrollment for Obamacare health insurance policies — Nov. 1 — some 200,000 people signed up on HealthCare.gov, double the number from 2016, according to reports in various media sources including The Hill and The Washington Post. In addition, some 1 million visited the website, up from 750,000 a year […]

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Federal Judge Declines to Block Trump’s Obamacare Subsidies Order

Saying the lawsuit by California and 17 other states would be “counterproductive,” an Obama-appointed federal judge in San Francisco has declined to order President Trump and his administration to restore cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to Obamacare insurers. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria noted: “State regulators have been working for months to prepare for the termination […]

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Trump Issues Executive Order to ‘Fix’ Obamacare

As anticipated, President Trump today signed an Executive Order that, once fully implemented, will give consumers new options for health insurance and expand employer-funder Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The executive action orders the Department of Labor (DOL) to look into ways of expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs) that can sell policies across state lines and […]

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Trump Vows to Use His Pen to Fix Obamacare

In what has been rumored for weeks, President Trump is set to move on reforms in the health insurance marketplace Obamacare by using the power of the executive order. He tweeted this morning: “Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare […]

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