In a blog post, analysts with the Congressional Budget Office said that Republican proposals to replace the ACA would likely lead insurers to offer bare-bones plans that would not qualify as coverage.
Policy experts say the projected double-digit hikes are unlikely to affect the majority of people who enroll in health plans through the federal exchange. At the same time, benchmark premiums in some states, including Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio, will increase only slightly or even decrease in 2017.
Federal spending for major healthcare programs are estimated to increase by $55 billion, or 6%, in 2016 after a technical adjustment for payment timing shifts, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.
Industry and regulatory fixes to the ACA marketplaces appear inevitable as impatience and insurer losses escalate.
Last week, two well-respected groups of government economists predicted the end is nigh for the era of restrained growth in healthcare spending. Ignore them. They've been wrong before. They will be proven wrong again.
The Obama administration will offer an update this week on the state of the nation's entitlement programs.
The Obama administration will offer an update Wednesday on the state of the nation's entitlement programs.
A host of healthcare organizations and individual healthcare providers that advocated for expanded telemedicine want federal budget and Medicare payment advisers to look outside the Medicare program for evidence of the benefits of telehealth.
The tax penalty and other measures designed to get younger, healthier people to sign up for individual plans on the ACA's insurance exchanges have not accomplished their mission of preventing adverse selection.
Alan Miller, chairman and CEO of Universal Health Services, recently spoke with Modern Healthcare senior reporter Harris Meyer about the reasons for the company's improving financial performance at a time when some other for-profit hospital chains are struggling.
A nimble inside-the-Beltway operative, Stephen Ubl took the reins of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America just as outrage over high drug prices was hitting its peak. In an interview with Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner, Ubl shares his views on the drug-price debate.
Over the next decade, the Affordable Care Act's insurance provisions will cost the federal government $136 billion more than expected, according to the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office.