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Lawsuit hits struggling Illinois Obamacare plan

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  February 03, 2016

Two University of Chicago Medicine patients have filed a class-action lawsuit against Land of Lincoln Health, saying they wouldn't have bought the Obamacare plan if they had known their doctors would be dropped from the network.

'Don't think you can turn into or develop a health plan on a dime'

'Don't think you can turn into or develop a health plan on a dime'

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 30, 2016

Mary Brainerd, CEO of HealthPartners, discusses her system's foray into insurance, the challenges faced by providers that want to make similar moves and her own experience in the healthcare system as a patient with breast cancer. She spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Bob Herman.

Editorial: The future of employer-based health insurance

Editorial: The future of employer-based health insurance

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 30, 2016

The tax-advantaged, employer-based health insurance system, a legacy of World War II wage-and-price controls, is unfair in every way. And that's really where a political discussion about the next steps in healthcare reform ought to start.

Medicaid expansion, exchanges push healthcare spending past Social Security

Medicaid expansion, exchanges push healthcare spending past Social Security

By Bob Herman  |  January 25, 2016

In 2015, the U.S. federal government spent more on healthcare than on Social Security for the first time. The Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid and the growing availability of subsidies for exchange plans are driving much of the higher spending, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

Illinois Obamacare plan drops U of Chicago Medicine

Illinois Obamacare plan drops U of Chicago Medicine

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  January 20, 2016

Struggling Land of Lincoln Health is dropping University of Chicago Medicine from its network as of March 1. The move comes after consumers and small businesses already have enrolled in the Chicago-based co-op's plans sold on the Obamacare exchange since Nov. 1.

ACA, healthcare programs partly responsible for higher federal deficit

By Bob Herman  |  January 19, 2016

Spending on Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges will rise by 11% in 2016, making healthcare a major reason why the federal deficit will increase this year, according to a new economic summary from the Congressional Budget Office.

Markets await UnitedHealth's final 2015 exchange numbers

Markets await UnitedHealth's final 2015 exchange numbers

By Bob Herman  |  January 16, 2016

As UnitedHealth Group toys with the idea of abandoning the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, investors and other stakeholders are waiting to learn the full extent of the damage to the exchanges.

Surviving co-op health plans fret over unhealthy risk pools

Surviving co-op health plans fret over unhealthy risk pools

By Bob Herman  |  January 02, 2016

With the dirt being shoveled over the recently collapsed co-op health plans, leaders of the remaining co-ops are looking for ways to avoid the same fate. But many say they can't do it without more federal assistance and guidance.

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