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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

Health care reform is working, and Kentucky not only can afford to continue it, we can’t afford not to continue it. – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

Kentucky can’t afford to undo health…

November 24, 2015 – Health care reform is working, and Kentucky not only can afford to continue it, we can’t afford not to continue it. – Kentucky Gov.… Read more

Most of the commentary on 2016 health insurance rates has focused on how the rates are changing from 2015 to 2016. But that doesn’t give us the full picture.

Why 13 states have lower health…

November 19, 2015 – Thirteen states have managed to keep health insurance premiums among the lowest in the country. What's their… Read more

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Is Obamacare ‘collapsing’?

November 16, 2015 – The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law by a long shot, and critics will continue to take shots at it for political gain, but it most… Read more

ACA number cruncher Charles Gaba: CBO's enrollment projections are pie in the sky; still, expect 14.7 million to sign up for QHPs

Prediction: QHP enrollment will swell…

October 15, 2015 – Before I go any further, let me say this flat out: No. Actual exchange enrollments in 2016 are not going to reach the CBO's 21 million… Read more