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Employer-sponsored health insurance gets ‘skinny’ as 16% of firms offer bare-bones plans

Employer-sponsored health insurance gets ‘skinny’ as 16% of firms offer bare-bones plans

August 13, 2014 5:14 pm by | 0 Comments

Nearly one company in six in a new survey from a major employer group plans to offer health coverage that doesn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for value and…


CMS is on a $10B search for the next big health insurance innovation — but is it going anywhere?

CMS is on a $10B search for the next big health insurance innovation — but is it going anywhere?

August 11, 2014 8:51 am by | 1 Comments

Affordable Care Act was supposed to mend what President Barack Obama called a broken health care system, but its best-known programs — online insurance and expanded Medicaid for the poor affect a relatively small portion of Americans



Here’s what hospitals’ & insurers’ Q2 earnings say about where healthcare spending is headed

Here’s what hospitals’ & insurers’ Q2 earnings say about where healthcare spending is headed

August 4, 2014 9:31 am by | 0 Comments

Analysts who fear health spending is accelerating got plenty of evidence in Wall Street’s second-quarter results to support their thesis. But so did folks who hope spending is still under control….


Will healthcare reform finally bring primary care doctors the respect they deserve?

Will healthcare reform finally bring primary care doctors the respect they deserve?

July 10, 2014 12:20 pm by | 0 Comments

BALTIMORE — A few years ago it struck the D.C. region’s biggest medical insurer that the doctors who saw its members most often and knew them best got the smallest…


Coaxing the sickest employees to the exchanges: An employer insurance trend in the making?

Coaxing the sickest employees to the exchanges: An employer insurance trend in the making?

May 7, 2014 11:02 am by | 0 Comments

Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits…


Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

April 7, 2014 5:06 am by | 0 Comments

Health insurers often try to influence Washington through quiet persuasion in plush offices. To fight potential government cuts for private Medicare plans, however, they’ve hit the streets. The Obama administration…


Denver actuaries will be the first to know the real cost of Obamacare

Denver actuaries will be the first to know the real cost of Obamacare

March 7, 2014 6:54 am by | 0 Comments

Now that medical insurers must accept all applicants no matter how sick, what will these new customers cost health plans? How will they affect coverage prices for 2015 and beyond?…



Tips for those new to Obamacare Coverage: Stay in network, avoid out-of-pocket costs

Tips for those new to Obamacare Coverage: Stay in network, avoid out-of-pocket costs

February 17, 2014 1:33 pm by | 0 Comments

Congratulations. You bought insurance through one of the online Affordable Care Act exchanges, possibly after days or weeks of trying to get the site to work. Don’t relax. Joining the…


Young invincibles’ decision: To get Obamacare coverage, or not

Young invincibles’ decision: To get Obamacare coverage, or not

December 20, 2013 3:34 pm by | 0 Comments

Lizzie Bunnen’s medical insurance ran out this fall. She had every intention of buying new, subsidized coverage under the health law in October. “Then obviously I heard all the coverage…


Officials pushing back against state health plans that limit doctor, hospital choices

Officials pushing back against state health plans that limit doctor, hospital choices

November 25, 2013 2:43 pm by | 0 Comments

Officials in at least a half dozen states are pushing back against health plans in the new insurance markets that limit choice of doctors and hospitals in a bid to…


Insurance company calculations are different with the latest change to Obamacare

Insurance company calculations are different with the latest change to Obamacare

November 22, 2013 5:36 am by | 0 Comments

Despite numerous problems with the health law rollout, WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish told analysts last week he was still “confident” in the company’s bet to be the biggest seller of Obamacare insurance.

President Barack Obama meetin…


Obama administration intends on giving labor unions a healthcare tax break

Obama administration intends on giving labor unions a healthcare tax break

November 6, 2013 5:57 am by | 0 Comments

Weeks after denying labor’s request to give union members access to health-law subsidies, the Obama administration is signaling it intends to exempt some union plans from one of the law’s…


A deeper dive into the HHS data released about online marketplaces

A deeper dive into the HHS data released about online marketplaces

September 27, 2013 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

This week the Department of Health and Human Services released a ton of information about how insurance sold in 36 states under the Affordable Care Act will work. Most of it came in the form of data showing the number of carriers and their premium pric…


Big business could save billions on COBRA coverage with Obamacare

Big business could save billions on COBRA coverage with Obamacare

September 24, 2013 7:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Health-law provisions taking effect next year could save U.S. employers billions of dollars in expenses now paid for workers who continue medical coverage after they leave the company, benefits experts say.
Insurance marketplaces created by the Afforda…


Hospitals step up to provide Obamacare outreach

Hospitals step up to provide Obamacare outreach

September 13, 2013 3:33 pm by | 0 Comments

As community groups, brokers and insurers prepare to recruit members for medical plans that go on sale in October under the health law, nobody has a bigger financial stake in their success than hospitals.

And few may work harder to sign consumers…