At Least 8.4 Million to Face Stiff Health Care Premium Hikes

At least 8.4 million consumers buying health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 will bear the brunt of the across-the-board premium increases health insurers set for 2017 policies, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Seven million of them will be those who purchase policies outside the federal and state health insurance […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins Today

Open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov, opens today with millions of people facing huge premium increases along with a loss of options. In Arizona, for instance, consumers will have the choice of just one insurer in all but a single county, and in Southwest Florida residents also have just one […]

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HHS Forges Partnerships to Promote Obamacare Open Enrollment

Ahead of the fourth Open Enrollment period, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a commitment from seventeen companies to support enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. These companies will connect freelance professionals, entrepreneurs and customers with information and resources to encourage enrollment in affordable coverage throughout the Open Enrollment period beginning Nov. […]

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Administration Targets Young People for Obamacare Sign-Ups

With the sign-up of young persons lagging behind the needs of balancing young and old, healthy and sick, the administration is turning to cyberspace and other initiatives to lure young people into signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. In 2016, fewer than 30 percent of Obamacare sign-ups out of […]

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Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Counties Face Two or Fewer Health Insurance Choices

An analysis by the respected Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 31 percent of U.S. counties will have only one insurer to choose from when open enrollment for Obamacare commences Nov. 1. Another 31 percent will have only two, and one county — Pinal in Arizona — likely will have none. In 2016, only 7 percent […]

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Obamacare Premiums Rise Steeply

State insurance commissioners, under pressure from health insurers bleeding red on the Obamacare exchanges, have begun approving rate hikes up to 62 percent, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quickly reassured consumers that taxpayers would pick up the tab. With insurance premiums to be announced steadily up to the Nov. 1 open […]

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Aetna Fleeing Obamacare Exchanges in 11 of 15 States It Serves

Aetna Inc., citing losses of at least $300 million this year on Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies, announced it is abandoning the Obamacare marketplaces in 11 of the 15 states it currently serves, leaving Pinal County in Arizona with no insurer willing to offer policies. After the move, Aetna will be offering policies […]

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UnitedHealth to Leave All But Six Obamacare States

With the announcement by Covered California that UnitedHealth Group Inc. would be exiting its Obamacare exchange in 2017, the role of the nation’s largest health insurer in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has now been reduced to six states. UnitedHealth on Tuesday informed its brokers that “at this time, we have filed to offer On-Exchange products” […]

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Insurers Seek Hefty 2017 Increases on Obamacare Policies

Stung by the reality of more older-sicker than younger-healthier customers signing up for their policies, Obamacare health insurers are seeking some whopping premium increases for 2017. From what’s publicly available, for example, Humana in Georgia is seeking a 65.2 percent increase, according to today’s Wall Street Journal. In nearby Florida, Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

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Obamacare Insurers Pulling Out of Rural Areas

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 400 more U.S. counties will see their health insurance options whittled down to just one provider in 2017. In 2016, insurers pulled out of 225 counties, and next year the total is expected to rise to as many as 650. In those counties, consumers will have no option but […]

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