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Manufacturing firms fighting rising healthcare costs

By Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  February 08, 2016

The most recent outlook survey from the National Association of Manufacturers listed rising healthcare-related costs as the second-largest “primary” business challenge, behind only unfavorable business conditions. But Cleveland-area companies say offering health insurance and other...

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 offers a lower-cost option. Why are only two states using it?

ACA offers a lower-cost option. Why are only two states using it?

By Harris Meyer  |  February 06, 2016

Here's what Manhattan freelance writer Marcella Durand feared when she went to an Affordable Care Act enrollment counselor for 2016 health insurance: a “terrible premium with a terrible deductible for a plan that covered nothing.” But she was "absolutely surprised" by a low-cost option.

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...

Large companies form alliance to tackle healthcare costs

Large companies form alliance to tackle healthcare costs

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 05, 2016

Twenty major U.S. corporations, including Coca-Cola Co. and hospital operator HCA, announced Friday that they would share data and expertise in an effort to curb their healthcare costs.

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...

ACA enrollment pleases HHS. Insurers will be tougher crowd

ACA enrollment pleases HHS. Insurers will be tougher crowd

By Bob Herman  |  February 04, 2016

Roughly 12.7 million Americans signed up for a health plan on the federal and state insurance exchanges by the end of the Affordable Care Act's third open enrollment. But the exchanges still face industry criticism.

White House's 2017 budget to suggest narrowing Cadillac tax

By Shannon Muchmore  |  February 04, 2016

The administration is looking to preserve the controversial tax that has been delayed for at least two years. It is now set to go into effect in 2020, although some political analysts say it could continue to be delayed indefinitely or dropped entirely.

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.

Licking wounds, insurers accelerate moves to limit health-law enrollment

By Jay Hancock / Kaiser Health News  |  February 04, 2016

Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment.

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