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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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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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Four carriers join the already-robust Ohio health insurance exchange for 2015

A report released by HHS in June compared after-subsidy premiums paid by exchange enrollees in the 36 states where HHS is running the exchange.  In Ohio, the average after-subsidy premium is $121 per month – significantly higher than the $82 per month average across all 36 states.  Ohio’s after-subsidy premiums are the fourth highest among […]

July 9, 2014

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New Hampshire exchange grows from one carrier to five; Enrollment begins for expanded Medicaid

For 2014, only one health insurance carrier — Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — applied to participate in the exchange in New Hampshire, and currently offers 14 health plan options.  But that is changing significantly in 2015.  The New Hampshire Obamacare exchange will include policies from five carriers, offering about 50 different plans, when open enrollment begins in […]

July 8, 2014

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92 percent of Idaho Obamacare enrollees qualified for financial assistance

    Obamacare open enrollment in Idaho has ended for 2014. 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. Native Americans can sign up through […]

July 7, 2014

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Pennsylvania enrollment fourth highest among HHS-run exchanges; Medicaid overhaul still in negotiation

By April 19, 318,077 Pennsylvania residents had completed their private plan selections in the exchange, nearly double the number who had enrolled by March 1.  The April total includes people who applied by the end of open enrollment on March 31, as well as people who signed up in the first half of April during special […]

July 7, 2014

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Outlook for Michigan marketplace: more choices, slightly higher rates in 2015

Obamacare enrollment in Michigan 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 3, 2014

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Oklahoma anti-ACA legislation doesn’t pass; no Medicaid expansion, but HHS allows extension of Insure Oklahoma

69,221 people in Oklahoma had finalized their private plan enrollment in the state’s exchange by April 19 – more than double the number who had done so by March 1. The vast majority (about 60,000) of the private plans were sold by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, and the carrier reported that another 25,000 […]

July 3, 2014

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