Northwell Health-backed insurer sees huge enrollment spike

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  February 10, 2016

The health plan, a subsidiary of Northwell Health, signed up 91,193 members. Last year, it had 26,567 members. Much of that bump was likely the result of the demise of startup insurer Health Republic, which left 200,000 members without coverage when regulators shut it down.

CMS may overhaul enrollment process, could include questions about sexual orientation

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 08, 2016

As the CMS seeks to simplify the application process for exchange plans and Medicaid, payers want to make it harder for individuals to sign up after open enrollment ends. Meanwhile, advocates and providers want to reduce barriers and have the CMS learn more about who is signing up, including their...

ACA  enrollment pleases HHS, but insurers have some complaints

ACA enrollment pleases HHS, but insurers have some complaints

By Bob Herman  |  February 06, 2016

HHS says that 12.7 million people signed up for 2016 coverage through the insurance exchanges, well within previously stated expectations. Now the Obama administration must ensure that the risk pool evens out so that premiums will stabilize and insurers will remain interested in selling the plans.

Plenty of reasons why insurance shouldn't be employer-based, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

Regarding the Feb. 1 editorial “The future of employer-based insurance,” finally a rational discussion about this fundamental flaw in our system. There are numerous reasons why we don't need employers picking health plans for their employees, but we do need their money, which in reality...

Blue Cross parent axes workers on heels of Obamacare losses

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  February 05, 2016

The job cuts come on the heels of big losses, fueled by capturing a large portion of enrollees who bought health plans on the public health insurance exchange. Through its Blue Cross plans, including in Illinois, Health Care Service Corp. offered some of the lowest-cost policies on the online...

Blog: Insurers' moves suggest yearning for old cherry-picking days

By Harris Meyer  |  February 04, 2016

A new report shows that major health insurers are moving away from the Affordable Care Act's reformed insurance market to the days of favoring healthier customers. That could bolster Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' argument to abolish private insurance.

Blog: Trump trumps GOP rivals on healthcare empathy as Iowans caucus

Blog: Trump trumps GOP rivals on healthcare empathy as Iowans caucus

By Harris Meyer  |  February 01, 2016

The word empathy doesn't usually come to mind when people think about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. But compared to his GOP rivals Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, Trump came off looking like Mother Teresa over the weekend, just before Iowa voters participate in presidential selection...

Insurer Aetna lays out concerns about ACA exchange business

By Associated Press  |  February 01, 2016

Aetna has joined other major health insurers in sounding a warning about the ACA's public insurance exchanges. The nation's third-largest insurer said Monday that it has been struggling with customers who sign up for coverage outside the ACA's annual enrollment window and then use a lot of care.

N.Y. hospitals call for $2.5 billion bailout for struggling facilities

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  February 01, 2016

Brooklyn hospitals in the borough's poorest neighborhoods have teetered on the edge of collapse for years, requiring hundreds of millions of dollars in state subsidies to continue acting as the safety net for some of New York City's most vulnerable residents.

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