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Why lower ACA exchange enrollment may not be a bad thing

Why lower ACA exchange enrollment may not be a bad thing

By Bob Herman  |  June 02, 2016

The federal government cheered the 2016 open-enrollment period as more than 12.7 million signed up for health insurance, but a closer look at the data reveals many individual counties recorded precipitous annual declines in plan selections. That's not entirely worrisome news though.

What, me buy insurance?

What, me buy insurance?

By Bob Herman  |  May 14, 2016

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.

Covered California will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 21, 2016

Covered California, the state's insurance exchange, will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections in an effort to reduce the overall number of medically unnecessary cesarean births, which can be costly and carry higher risks for mother and baby.

The short and chaotic life of an Obamacare darling

The short and chaotic life of an Obamacare darling

By Michael Waldholz, Crain's New York Business  |  April 18, 2016

A Crain's investigation shows how Health Republic, the insurance company that was supposed to be about people, not profits, misled its customers and ran itself into the ground.

States skip 'vertical choice' on SHOP exchanges because it could raise premiums

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 15, 2016

Twenty states with federally run small business health options program (SHOP) exchanges are taking the White House up on its offer to a launch more options in an effort to attract more employers to use the marketplaces. Those opting out fear it will have a negative impact on their risk pools and...

Commentary: Most top-rated health systems still on board with ACA plans

Commentary: Most top-rated health systems still on board with ACA plans

By Katherine Hempstead  |  April 11, 2016

A lot of attention is being paid to how health insurance products in the ACA marketplaces have changed this year. There are scattered reports about loss of access to specialty hospitals in some markets, and a general narrative suggesting that overall access to top-rated providers in marketplace...

Onslaught of pro-, anti-Obamacare spots is waiting in the wings

Onslaught of pro-, anti-Obamacare spots is waiting in the wings

By Harris Meyer  |  March 05, 2016

Unlike the last few election cycles, paid political advertising that features healthcare issues hasn't played a starring role in the early primaries. But once the Democratic and Republican nominees are selected, watch out.

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