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‘Bare counties’ just got covered. Here’s why. photo

‘Bare counties’ just got covered. Here’s why.

August 25, 2017 – As of late August, there are no "bare" counties for 2018 exchange coverage. There are lots of counties with just one insurer, but the ACA… Read more

Who really needs the public option? Trump Country. photo

Who really needs the public option? Trump Country.

August 15, 2017 – Trump Country really needs a way to bypass the ACA marketplaces entirely. So Democrats' favorite policy option – the public option –… Read more

The ACA isn’t imploding. Is your marketplace? photo

The ACA isn’t imploding. Is your marketplace?

April 18, 2017 – Although the ACA is a federal law that applies in every state, insurance markets are regulated at the state level, and markets vary… Read more

Live from Bill Clinton’s id, an ACA alternative photo

Live from Bill Clinton’s id, an ACA alternative

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

Southerners – and women – enjoy bigger subsidies photo

Southerners – and women – enjoy bigger subsidies

September 23, 2016 – ACA's subsidies are working just as they were intended to: Subsidies are higher where incomes are lower, and after-subsidy premiums are… Read more

7 reasons for ending off-exchange enrollment photo

7 reasons for ending off-exchange enrollment

September 15, 2016 – If every ACA-compliant plan was only available via the exchanges, millions more could have access to ACA's tax… Read more

A Medicare Advantage for the ACA marketplace? photo

A Medicare Advantage for the ACA marketplace?

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

Cry me a river, Aetna. photo

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

Your carrier’s leaving the exchange. What now? photo

Your carrier’s leaving the exchange. What now?

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 help photo

Aetna or no Aetna, the exchanges need help

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

Why insurers thrive (or dive) in ACA marketplaces photo

Why insurers thrive (or dive) in ACA marketplaces

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

Minnesota considers a ‘public option on steroids’ photo

Minnesota considers a ‘public option on steroids’

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