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metal plans

Obamacare's bronze trap.

Is Obamacare’s ‘Bronze trap’ widening?

August 12, 2015 – Jed Graham says the ACA's tax penalty for remaining uninsured will force low-income Americans into high-deductible Bronze plans that will… Read more

When silver is worth more than gold.

When Silver is worth more than Gold or Platinum

June 12, 2015 – Many Silver plan buyers in 2015 had actuarial values as high as 88% or 94% – higher than most employer-sponsored health… Read more

Help Obamacare Santa!

Santa, we need CSR subsidies for Bronze plans

December 21, 2014 – For low-income people Bronze plans are very rarely appropriate because the out-of-pocket costs are likely to be so high. Cost-sharing… Read more

Stealth subsidy.

The Affordable Care Act’s ‘stealth subsidy’

December 3, 2014 – The Chicago Tribune devoted a whole feature to the plight of low-income buyers of high-deductible Bronze plans in Illinois without once… Read more

Bruised by the benchmark.

Bruised by the benchmark

December 2, 2014 – The volatility stems from the fact that subsidies, calculated to leave a buyer paying a fixed percentage of her income for monthly… Read more

Copper ACA plan.

Could Copper be ACA’s new precious metal?

November 19, 2014 – For some consumers, Copper plans could be just right. This is particularly true among healthy people who don't qualify for subsidies and… Read more

Survey says!

ACA critics play the ‘rating game’ but it isn’t working

October 22, 2014 – Last spring, when it was obvious that Obamacare was meeting its enrollment targets for the first year, opponents of the law needed some new… Read more

Robert Graboyes Obamacare cancellations

Why your ACA health plan wasn’t cancelled

September 26, 2014 – Robert Graboyes says "it sounds odd" that actuarial value (AV) requirements will cause repeated policy cancellations. It "sounds odd"… Read more

Fool's gold.

Introducing a new ‘metal’ tier: Fool’s Gold?

May 6, 2014 – Does the health insurance industry really think that Americans are desperate for a return to policies with sky-high deductibles and scanty… Read more

open enrollment

Enrollment: ‘Beating the clock’ isn’t enough

March 17, 2014 – With just two weeks remaining before the window slams shut on the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period, unquestionably, the best… Read more

Ice skater.

A health disaster waiting to happen

February 5, 2014 – Obamacare has offered solid footing to millions whose 'junk policies' were a disaster waiting to happen – offering the kind of coverage… Read more

Expired milk.

Just how bad are junk health policies?

January 10, 2014 – In the pre-2014 individual health insurance market, the plan options ran the gamut from great to horrible. How could such worthless… Read more