Uncertainty over Subsidies Has Insurers Talking Huge Hikes in Premiums

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the largest Obamacare insurer in the state, has announced it intends to hike health insurance premiums by 22.9 percent in 2018 unless the Trump administration guarantees to continue doling out what are called cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). If the CSRs are continued, the company added, rates would go […]

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Administration Seeks 90-Day Extension on Obamacare Subsidies Hearing

Facing an appeals hearing on an Obamacare lawsuit brought by House Republicans, President Donald Trump’s administration has asked a U.S. Court of Appeals for another 90 days to resolve the legal issue with regard to the so-called cost-sharing reduction payments mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Department of Justice and House […]

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Attorneys General Hope to Intervene in Obamacare Lawsuit

In an appeal pending before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the fate of federal subsidies to health insurance companies lay in the balance after a federal judge sided with a lawsuit by Republicans claiming the payments were unconstitutional since the House of Representatives had never appropriated the funds. Now a group of 16 state […]

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States Rush in to Shore Up Obamacare

Led by Alaska, states are setting up reinsurance programs to help pay the health care costs of their most medically needy citizens in hopes that insurance companies won’t abandon the Obamacare marketplace entirely. The latest to join the trend are Idaho, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Alaska was the first to establish a reinsurance fund, whichit  did in […]

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HHS Announces Limited ‘Fixes’ to Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a set of limited “fixes” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) going forward. “While these steps will help stabilize the individual and small group markets, they are not a long-term cure for the problems that the Affordable Care Act has created in our health […]

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HHS Secretary Pledges to Uphold Obamacare

Testifying before Congress today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pledged to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) so long as it is “the law of the land,” including the individual and employer mandates. “So long as the law is on the books, we at the department are obliged to uphold the […]

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‘More Resolved Than Ever’ to Repeal Obamacare, House Leaders Say

Only four days after the humiliation of not being able to unite their party to vote for a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), House Republican leaders said “we’re closer today to repealing Obamacare than we ever were before,” and in the words of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, “more resolved than ever […]

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Amid Repeal and Replace Talk, Obamacare Enrollments Crater

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed this week that enrollment in Obamacare health plans dropped half a million from the year before, and came in 1.7 million below expectations, with 12.2 million enrollees by the Jan. 31 end of open enrollment. Expectations were for 13.8 million. Four of every five who signed […]

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House Republicans Release Obamacare Replacement Plan

On Monday (March 6), Republican leadership in the House of Representatives unveiled their plan to replace Obamacare with a program that relies heavily on tax credits and expanded options with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Under the plan, no one can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, and adult children can stay on […]

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Trump Orders Obamacare Advertising to Stop

In the few days remaining before Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) enrollment ends on Jan. 31, President Trump has ordered the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pull all advertising for the health care program. HHS spokespersons refused to confirm the White House order, but those speaking anonymously said the directive included […]

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