Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

The Health 202: There’s one bright spot amid dismal Obamacare enrollment results

People who are looking for plans are enrolling. The holidays aren’t looking so merry for Obamacare enrollment. Three days remain to sign up for 2019 coverage in the state marketplaces — yet enrollments are down even though plan offerings are up. Not only are fewer people re-enrolling for next year, but far fewer new customers are […]
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How Many of the Uninsured Can Purchase a Marketplace Plan for Free?

This analysis looks at how many of the remaining uninsured are eligible for premium subsidies that are large enough to cover the entire cost of a bronze plan, which is the minimum level of coverage… While the percent of the population without health coverage has decreased substantially since the major coverage expansion in the ACA, […]
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The Health 202: Obamacare enrollment is down 11 percent from last year

State Library Ed. Note:  Link found in article will take you HERE.  Table contains data that indicates enrollment rate is down 16.1% in Oregon Lack of marketing may be why, experts said. With just over a week now left in the sign-up period for 2019 Obamacare plans, new figures show enrollment is down compared with […]
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The Health 202: Trump administration offers states four ways to circumvent Obamacare rules

Critics worry key protections will be undermined. The Trump administration is providing states with a roadmap for how they can sidestep parts of the Affordable Care Act in the name of giving more power back to the states. But critics fear the move will undermine key consumer protections established by the 2010 health-care law. The Centers […]
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New insurance guidelines would undermine rules of the Affordable Care Act

Health insurance subsidies could be used in different ways, the Trump administration advises. The Trump administration is urging states to tear down pillars of the Affordable Care Act, demolishing a basic rule that federal insurance subsidies can be used only by people buying health plans in marketplaces created under the law. According to advice issued […]
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The Health 202: Obamacare enrollment is lagging, despite cheaper options

That could pose a problem for the Trump administration. More Americans can get Obamacare plans for free next year. But enrollment in the health-care marketplaces still appears to be lagging halfway through the Affordable Care Act’s sixth sign-up season. Total sign-ups this year are down by about 300,000 people compared to the same time last year […]
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A first for Obamacare open enrollment — some stability for patients

After years of regulatory uncertainty which led to double-digit price hikes on exchange plans, health insurers are starting to turn a profit on the ACA exchanges. There are more carriers getting back into the market and offering new plan options. Nancy Sobin knows her way around paperwork. She started her own business three years ago, […]
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With One Hand, Administration Boosts ACA Marketplaces, Weakens Them With Another

Guidance issued Monday could make it easier for states to get around some of the law’s requirements while a rule proposed 12 hours later could bolster the exchanges. In the span of less than 12 hours last week, the Trump administration took two seemingly contradictory actions that could have profound effects on the insurance marketplaces […]
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The Election’s Impact On Health Care: Some Bellwether Races To Watch

A number of health issues — from preexisting conditions to Medicaid expansion to changes to Medicare — could be at stake when voters head to the polls Tuesday. Voters this year have told pollsters in no uncertain terms that health care is important to them. In particular, maintaining insurance protections for preexisting conditions is the […]
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The big secret about the Affordable Care Act: It’s working just fine

Despite the administration’s efforts to sabotage the law, exchanges are in good health. On Thursday, the Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchanges open for the sixth year. A well-kept secret about them is hiding in plain sight: Despite the Trump administration’s best sabotage efforts, the exchanges are succeeding. Indeed, by almost every metric, the exchanges are […]
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