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Cry me a river, Aetna.

August 25, 2016 – So, thanks to Obama – and more specifically, Obamacare – Aetna and its competitors are rolling in the federal dough. But, because of… Read more

If your carrier is exiting the exchange – or the entire individual market – you'll need to shop around for a new plan during open enrollment. If you don't pick a new plan by December 15, the exchange might pick one for you.

Your carrier’s leaving the exchange.…

August 24, 2016 – If your carrier is exiting the exchange – or the entire individual market – you'll need to shop around for a new plan during open… Read more

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Aetna or no Aetna, the exchanges need…

August 17, 2016 – Six years on, the Affordable Care Act is embedded in American life. Twenty million people are now insured who would otherwise have gone… Read more

“What I would say about health sharing ministries is they are a leap of faith, both literally and figuratively.” – Sabrina Corlette, Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute

Healthcare sharing ministries: A leap…

July 19, 2016 – “What I would say about health sharing ministries is they are a leap of faith, both literally and figuratively.” – Sabrina Corlette,… Read more

Centene is happy with its marketplace profits. UHC is losing millions. Can the Iowa marketplace offer clues as to why carriers succeed or fail?

Why insurers thrive (or dive) in ACA…

April 28, 2016 – Centene is happy with its marketplace profits. UHC is losing millions. Can the Iowa marketplace offer clues as to why carriers succeed or… Read more

If MinnesotaCare really is offered at a Silver-range price to all comers, its effective discount would be so huge that it's hard to envision many buyers choosing anything else.

Minnesota considers a ‘public option…

April 21, 2016 – If MinnesotaCare really is offered at a Silver-range price to all comers, its effective discount would be so huge that it's hard to… Read more

"Grandmothered" health plans

Like your grandmothered health plan?

March 22, 2016 – Depending on the state where you live, you might be able to keep your grandmothered health plan in 2017. Louise Norris has a state-by-state… Read more

In itself, though, a public option – as proposed by Hillary Clinton –might not change things much for those shoppers in the ACA marketplace who find the offerings too expensive.

A more affordable Affordable Care Act?

February 23, 2016 – There is potentially a way that a state could make coverage more affordable for all applicants. That would be to make all options public… Read more

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The inevitable expansion of the…

February 10, 2016 – States continue to realize the impact of Medicaid – and incentives to expand. Here's what's happening in states that aren't yet on board.… Read more

The 'public option' died in the health reform battle, but two state-run plans are trying to sweeten their coverage options with provisions that taste like the 'public option.

States may sweeten the ACA pot

January 8, 2016 – The 'public option' died in the health reform battle, but two state-run plans point a potential path toward richer coverage at lower… Read more