Trump Administration Follows Through on Longer-Term Skimpy Health Plans

In direct response to President Trump’s October 2017 Executive Order, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury today issued a proposed rule that is intended to increase competition, choice, and access to lower-cost healthcare options for Americans. The rule proposes to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance by […]

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HHS Chief Says He Will Uphold the ACA

Health and Human Services (HHS) head Alex Azar, when pressed about the legality of Idaho’s plan to market non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) health policies, affirmed his support for the 2010 legislation that in essence federalizes standards for health insurance. “I’m not aware that our opinions or views have been solicited,” Azar said. “There are rules, […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Tops Out at 11.7 Million

With California being the last state to report its Obamacare enrollment figure for 2018, the final tally for the nationwide effort came in at 11.7 million sign-ups. California was among the last of the 11 states and District of Columbia to close their enrollment on Jan. 31. Earlier, with its exchanges closed on Dec. 15, […]

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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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