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Obamacare sign-ups down 550,000 as deadline nears

Obamacare sign-ups down 550,000 as deadline nears

By Shelby Livingston  |  December 12, 2018

HealthCare.gov sign-ups lag by more than a half-million with less than a week left in open enrollment. Last-minute shoppers and a surge of auto-enrollments should boost the finally tally, but enrollment is likely to fall short last year.

Most ACA exchange plans feature a narrow network

Most ACA exchange plans feature a narrow network

By Shelby Livingston  |  December 04, 2018

The trend toward narrow-network plans has persisted since the inception of the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2014. While it seems to have leveled out for 2019, it's unlikely that narrow networks will become less popular anytime soon.

More eHealth customers choosing short-term insurance plans

More eHealth customers choosing short-term insurance plans

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 29, 2018

Many more eHealth customers opted for short-term insurance plans over unsubsidized Affordable Care Act-compliant plans during the first half of the ACA open enrollment period for 2019 coverage than during the previous open enrollment.

ACA sign-ups still trailing in fourth week of open enrollment

ACA sign-ups still trailing in fourth week of open enrollment

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 28, 2018

More than 2.4 million people signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov in the first four weeks of the Affordable Care Act's sixth open enrollment, about 350,000 fewer than during the same period last year.

HealthCare.gov sign-ups drop 400,000 during open enrollment

HealthCare.gov sign-ups drop 400,000 during open enrollment

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 21, 2018

Americans are signing up for coverage through the federal marketplace at a slower rate this year, new CMS data show. But some states with their own insurance exchanges have reported higher sign-ups during open enrollment.

ACA silver plan premiums get a boost from Congress, Trump actions

ACA silver plan premiums get a boost from Congress, Trump actions

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 26, 2018

Although federal officials said many Americans will pay lower premiums for the most popular Affordable Care Act exchange plans in 2019, those premiums could have been even lower if not for several Trump administration and congressional actions.

Waiver flexibility could widen gap between states

Waiver flexibility could widen gap between states

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 23, 2018

In handing states greater flexibility to overhaul their insurance markets through waivers, the Trump administration has paved the way for states to diverge further in the access and affordability of its residents' coverage, insurance experts said.

GOP senators scrutinize CBO's new health insurance simulation model

GOP senators scrutinize CBO's new health insurance simulation model

By Susannah Luthi  |  October 04, 2018

In a letter that echoes the GOP tussle with the Congressional Budget Office in last year's Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort, Senate Republicans want the agency to test its new health coverage simulation model by re-estimating the Affordable Care Act's coverage numbers.

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