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Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Care Act’

Blue Cross Blue Shield won’t credit Land of Lincoln members for deductibles

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“A large insurer on Illinois’ Obamacare exchange has decided not to credit former Land of Lincoln members for money they’ve already paid toward their deductibles despite a request from the state to consider doing so.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has decided it cannot waive deductible or out-of-pocket costs for Land of Lincoln members who may join Blue Cross in October, said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois spokeswoman Dana Holmes on Monday.


Large employers stick with employee health plans, small businesses another story

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Benefits Pro reports:

“Large employers continue to believe in the value of sponsored health benefits for employees, despite the options available to them under the Affordable Care Act. But small employers are increasingly choosing to pull out of the health benefits business.

That’s what a survey from the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) found when it examined the percentage of employers offering health insurance from 2008 to 2015. Using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Insurance Component, EBRI reported that nearly 100 percent of the largest employers (those with 1,000 or more employees) have continued to offer health insurance through the ups and downs and gyrations of the past seven years.


Illinois insurers seek premium increases of up to 45%

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Chicago Sun Times reports:

“Health insurance premiums for Illinois residents who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace could increase by as much as 45 percent according to proposals submitted by insurers and made public Monday.

The leading insurer on Illinois’ exchange, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is proposing increases for 2017 ranging from 23 percent to 45 percent for individual health care plans, according to proposals posted by Another insurer, Coventry Health Care of Illinois, proposed rate increases as high as 21 percent.


Illinois’ Obamacare plans seek big 2017 premium hikes

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Insurers want to crank up the cost of health insurance premiums by as much as 45 percent for Illinois residents who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the most popular insurer on the state’s Obamacare exchange, is proposing increases ranging from 23 percent to 45 percent in premiums for its individual health-care plans, according to proposed 2017 premiums that were made public Monday. The insurer blamed the sought-after hikes mainly on changes in the costs of medical services.


How I Was Wrong About ObamaCare

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“I was wrong. Wrong about an important part of ObamaCare.

When I joined the Obama White House to advise the president on health-care policy as the only physician on the National Economic Council, I was deeply committed to developing the best health-care reform we could to expand coverage, improve quality and bring down costs. We worked for months to pass this landmark legislation, and I still count celebrating the passage of the Affordable Care Act with the president one balmy spring night in 2010 as one of my greatest Washington memories.


Where Clinton and Trump Stand on Obamacare

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Kiplinger reports:

“Key differences: Clinton supports the Affordable Care Act and wants to expand on Obamacare. Trump wants to repeal the ACA and has suggested letting private plans operate across state lines.


Big news for Chicago-area Obamacare insurance exchange: Cigna seeks to join

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“One of the nation’s largest health insurance companies plans to enter the Obamacare marketplace in the Chicago area for the first time, bringing new competition as other insurers exit or go out of business.

The Tribune has confirmed that Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Conn., has filed plans to sell health policies to individuals and families who purchase their own coverage in the individual market. If the plans are approved by Illinois regulators, Cigna will start selling policies Nov. 1, when enrollment for 2017 Obamacare coverage opens.


Land of Lincoln just 1 in long line of ACA health co-op failures

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

“The state’s shutdown of its three-year-old Land of Lincoln Health was no surprise, observers say, coming amidst a nationwide trail of failures of nonprofit alternative insurers set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Those insurers faced many obstacles, but most important were two financial hits: the federal government’s reneging on hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies promised under ACA, while at the same time demanding the struggling startups pony up hundreds of millions in other contributions required under that law.


In nod to Sanders, Clinton offers new health care proposals

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Crains Chicago Business reports:

“In another nod to primary rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is proposing to increase federal money for community health centers and outlining steps to expand access to health care across the nation.


Health insurance plans to be rated based on size of network

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Live Insurance News reports:

” The Obama administration will now use the number of included doctors and hospitals in the ratings.

In response to complaints from consumers with respect to the way health insurance plans are rated on the exchanges, the Obama administration has now said that it will provide a rating for each plan based on the number of hospitals and doctors that are included within that plan’s network.

Equally, there will also be an increase to the maximum annual out-of-pocket amount that consumers can pay.

For individuals, the maximum out-of-pocket expenses for health insurance next year, will be $7,150. For families that figure will be $14,300. Consumer advocates haven’t been impressed with those numbers, as they have said these additional costs could pose a considerable financial burden for middle-income individuals and families who require a large amount of medical care. These new rules were published within the Federal Register, this week. Under these regulations, insurance companies will be able to sell health plans with limited provider networks. (more…)

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