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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.

More health insurers score rating upgrades in first half of 2018

More health insurers score rating upgrades in first half of 2018

By Shelby Livingston  |  August 22, 2018

Credit rating agency A.M. Best upgraded ratings of more health insurers in the first half of 2018 than in the same period last year, as companies reported improved operating results in ACA exchanges and continued to turn a profit in other markets.

UnitedHealthcare loses New York risk-adjustment battle

UnitedHealthcare loses New York risk-adjustment battle

By Shelby Livingston  |  August 13, 2018

UnitedHealthcare may be required to transfer millions of dollars to New York insurers that enrolled high-cost members in their plans in 2017, based on a federal judge's decision.

How states are defining essential health benefits

How states are defining essential health benefits

By Shelby Livingston  |  July 24, 2018

Alabama and Illinois are the first states to take advantage of new flexibility to define the essential health benefits that certain insurers must provide. Their approaches show how some seek to bolster their ACA markets while others weaken them.

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