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White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

By Associated Press  |  August 17, 2017

Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the cost-sharing subsidies, though the Congressional Budget Office has warned that premiums would rise sharply without the payments. So far, Trump still hasn't guaranteed that payments will be made long term.

New York approves 14.6% rate hike for health plans

By Caroline Lewis and Jonathan LaMantia  |  August 17, 2017

Although insurers asked for a 17.7% increase, New York's Department of Financial Services approved a 14.6% bump as it factored in the potential loss of cost sharing–reduction payments that insurers use to cover out-of-pocket expenses for lower-income consumers.

UnitedHealth CEO Hemsley stepping down

UnitedHealth CEO Hemsley stepping down

By Shelby Livingston  |  August 16, 2017

Longtime UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley will step down Sept. 1, and President David Wichmann will take over. The change marks a major leadership shakeup at the nation's largest health plan.

New deal provides healthcare coverage for rural Nevada

By Associated Press  |  August 16, 2017

The deal with Centene Corp. in partnership with the Nevada-based Hometown Health will help ensure coverage is available to all Nevadans, after Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield pulled out of the state's healthcare exchange.

CBO: End of CSRs would add to federal deficit

CBO: End of CSRs would add to federal deficit

By Mara Lee  |  August 15, 2017

The CBO says that ending CSR payments to insurers would cost the federal government more than continuing to pay them, because insurers would hike premiums, and subsidies would then rise as well.

Jon Cotton appointed corporate president of Meridian

By Jay Greene  |  August 15, 2017

Jon Cotton has taken a step up the executive ranks with his promotion to corporate president of Meridian, a Detroit-based health plan that is Michigan's largest Medicaid HMO. The promotion is effective Sept. 4.

Early 2018 marketplace rates vary widely across states

Early 2018 marketplace rates vary widely across states

By Shelby Livingston  |  August 10, 2017

Health insurers' early ACA rate filings for the most popular plans show wide variation in premium changes for 2018, ranging from a 49% increase to a decrease of 5%, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows.

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