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About 17,000 enroll in private plans, Medicaid through Alaska marketplace

In general, the open enrollment period to purchase Obamacare in Alaska for 2014 has ended. However, the Affordable Care Act includes some provisions unique to Native Americans and Alaska Natives (NA/AN). NA/AN individuals may enroll through the marketplace throughout the year. In addition, an individual who is a member of recognized tribe or who is eligible to receive […]

July 23, 2014

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Arizona’s uncompensated care costs drop 31 percent as uninsured rate declines

Obamacare enrollment in Arizona has ended for 2014. However, people who get married or divorced, change jobs, have a child or experience another qualifying event may be eligible for a special enrollment period. Enrollment for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) continues throughout the year. Individuals who don’t have health insurance that provides […]

July 14, 2014

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Uninsured rate drops only slightly in South Dakota; all three insurers returning to exchange in 2015

Obamacare has been quite successful in reducing the uninsured rate in states where Medicaid has been expanded under the ACA.  But in states like South Dakota where Medicaid has not been expanded, the reduction in the uninsured population has been much smaller.  In South Dakota, 15.88 percent of  the population was uninsured last year, and […]

July 13, 2014

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Nebraska Medicaid expansion dies in legislature; relatively small reduction in uninsured rate follows

A recent WalletHub study projected only a slight drop in Nebraska’s uninsured rate post Obamacare implementation.  14.71 percent of the state’s residents were uninsured last year, and the projection is that 13.69 percent will be uninsured this year.  States that expanded Medicaid experienced the largest drops – in some cases, as much as ten percentage […]

July 13, 2014

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After-subsidy premiums higher in North Dakota due to income and enrollees’ plan selections

A report released by HHS in June found that 84 percent of enrollees in the North Dakota exchange received premium subsidies, and the average after-subsidy premium is $132 per month.  This is the second-highest average after-subsidy premium out of the 36 states where HHS is running the exchange (only New Jersey is higher, at $148 […]

July 13, 2014

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Wisconsin Medicaid expansion will be a referendum issue on several county ballots in November

The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period ended in April, but enrollment in the Wisconsin exchange has continued throughout the summer thanks to qualifying events that trigger special enrollment periods.  HHS will issue an update enrollment total in November, and open enrollment for 2015 plans will also begin in November. 139,815 people had purchased private plans […]

July 13, 2014

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Off-exchange enrollments in Montana nearly as high as exchange enrollments

The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period ended in April, but enrollment in the Montana exchange has continued to grow this summer because of qualifying events that trigger individual special enrollment periods.  HHS will release updated enrollment figures in November, when the 2015 general open enrollment period is scheduled to begin.  As of April 19, private […]

July 13, 2014

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United Healthcare joins North Carolina exchange for 2015

In late June, United Healthcare filed paperwork to become the third carrier offering individual health insurance in the North Carolina exchange, joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas.  The two existing carriers are still seeking rate increases for the 2015 open enrollment period that begins in November, […]

July 13, 2014

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Utah residents overwhelmingly back Governor’s plan for Medicaid expansion

In June, HHS released a report showing the average pre-subsidy and after-subsidy premiums in each of the 36 states that have federally-facilitated marketplaces (FFM).  Utah had the lowest average pre-subsidy premiums, at $243 per month ( the next lowest was $272 per month in Arizona, and rates reached as high as $536 per month in […]

July 13, 2014

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Massachusetts’ new vendor software passes first test; decision on move to Healthcare.gov coming in August

The Obamacare open enrollment period for 2014 has ended in Massachusetts. People who get married or divorced, change jobs, have a child or experience another qualifying event may be eligible for a special enrollment period. Enrollment for MassHealth (a state program that combines Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP) continues throughout the […]

July 10, 2014

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