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health insurance marketplace

Has Bill Clinton actively contemplated a Medicaid buy-in, or was his suggestion just a slip of the tongue?

Live from Bill Clinton’s id, an ACA…

October 6, 2016 – Has Bill Clinton actively contemplated a Medicaid buy-in, or was his suggestion just a slip of the… Read more

One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run" insurance. But what if the buy-in were limited to Medicare Advantage plans, the GOP's beloved Medicare stepchild?

A Medicare buy-in Republicans can love

September 23, 2016 – One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run"… Read more

Are there means other than a 'public option to establish "government rates" as a marketplace norm? Jon Kingsdale, the founding executive director of the Massachusetts health insurance marketplace has floated a proposal that he believes might accomplish substantially the same end.

A Medicare Advantage for the ACA…

September 8, 2016 – Are there means other than a 'public option to establish "government rates" as a marketplace norm? Jon Kingsdale, the founding executive… 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

Aetna or no Aetna, the exchanges need…

August 17, 2016 – The below four strategies could help financially stabilize ACA marketplaces and to improve the human experience of those receiving coverage… 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

Why high deductibles don’t work

April 12, 2016 – Ultimately, high-deductibles handicap patients' and providers' ability to work together to effectively manage patients' health, prevent… 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

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

Life with diabetes is sweeter thanks…

January 20, 2016 – By every measure, people with diabetes – and those at risk – have significantly improved access to quality care than they did before… 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

King v Burwell

Succeed or fail, challenge may push…

March 3, 2015 – Because of all this uncertainty, insurers reportedly are thinking of pricing their policies higher for 2016 than they would if they knew… Read more

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

February 4, 2015 – Of federal marketplace plan offerings that increased in premium, 70 percent had at least one better alternative. Plan offerings were… Read more

Hanukkah harry Gaba

Hanukkah Harry, enrollment…

December 22, 2014 – So what I'd like from Hannukah Harry this year ... or going forward ... would be I know that recently HealthCare.gov has finally started… Read more

Letter to Santa Linda Bergthold

Santa, help keep the ‘affordable’ in…

December 20, 2014 – If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs it could mean that people buying insurance in 34 states – that's 4 1/2 million… Read more

move employees to exchanges

Your employer is dropping health…

December 19, 2014 – If your employer drops your company-sponsored health insurance and sends you to the exchanges for coverage, everybody could… Read more

kicking Obamacare tires

HealthCare.gov puts focus on the…

November 14, 2014 – The streamlining works. Entering as a single person, I was able to get to price quotes in under 30 seconds. That's very good news. A… Read more

MNsure PreferredOne

Stay calm and find another MNsure plan

September 18, 2014 – When the dust settled on the screeching headlines … of impending MNSure doom … the reality was "thank goodness there's an exchange and… Read more

Health Wonk Review for May 22, 2014

May 23, 2014 – Summer's here (at least it is where I am) and with it comes a summer-y edition of Health Wonk Review, posted by Hank Stern over at… Read more

youth-enrolled-obamacare

‘Bros’ on board – and other promising…

May 11, 2014 – With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare's exchanges – 28 percent of them young adults – the collapse of the Affordable Care Act… Read more