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Affordable Care Act

AMA Pledges to Prevent Loss of Americans’ Healthcare Coverage

by Vera Gruessner

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a statement yesterday reaffirming its commitment to ensuring that every American who currently has healthcare coverage will continue to have insurance and access to medical care. In particular,...

House Speaker Paul Ryan Proposes a Privatized Medicare System

by Vera Gruessner

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in an interview with Fox News Channel several days after the presidential election that the Republican-controlled Congress and White House will look to create a privatized Medicare system and cut funding from...

Healthcare Payers Face Challenges with Medical Loss Ratio

by Vera Gruessner

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s medical loss ratio, health payers are required to spend a minimum of 80 percent of their premium revenue on paying claims and boosting quality while the rest (20 percent) can be spent...

Health Insurance Exchanges Require Engagement, Narrow Networks

by Vera Gruessner

Since some private health payers are struggling with enrollment and the ability to make a profit on the health insurance exchanges, engaging consumers, reducing the administrative burden, and creating a narrow provider network will become an...

Blue Cross to Expand Value-Based Care Reimbursement in 2017

by Vera Gruessner

The coming years will further position the medical industry including payers to adopt value-based care reimbursement models and new healthcare delivery systems partially due to the reforms that came about from the Patient Protection and Affordable...

High-Deductible Health Plan Consumers Seek Price Transparency

by Vera Gruessner

Families and individuals who have purchased healthcare coverage on the ACA health insurance exchanges may have seen that monthly premium rates are expected to rise 25 percent in 2017, but should be aware that those eligible for tax subsidies...

Premium Rates on Affordable Care Act Exchanges Rise 25% in 2017

by Vera Gruessner

Monthly premium costs on the Affordable Care Act exchanges is expected to rise an average of 25 percent in 2017, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). This percentage is based solely on the premiums for...

Private Payers Face Challenges on Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance exchanges created after passage of the Affordable Care Act may not serve as a truly effective marketplace for commercial payers since some national insurers like Aetna and UnitedHealthcare have been dropping out of operating...

How a Public Option May Preserve Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

Multiple healthcare payers have been struggling with operating successfully on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. Some experts and lawmakers suggest that establishing a public option on the health insurance exchanges...

Did HHS Act Illegally in Transitional Reinsurance Program?

by Vera Gruessner

At the end of September, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced in a briefing that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) does not have the authority to transfer funds from the collections within the transitional reinsurance...

Revisions to Affordable Care Act May Improve Payer Performance

by Vera Gruessner

Health insurance executives have faced various regulatory challenges since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Payers have had to participate in new health insurance marketplaces and face different restrictions...

Marketplace Instability May Cause Affordable Care Act Reforms

by Vera Gruessner

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has decreased uninsurance rates to historically low levels, the healthcare law also led to higher premium costs and insurance rates among health plans sold on the health insurance exchanges....

Supreme Court Ruling on Medicaid Expansion Led to Coverage Gap

by Vera Gruessner

A Supreme Court ruling in 2012 determined that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Constitutional while Medicaid expansion is optional for individual states to pursue. This led more than two dozen states to postpone Medicaid...

Why Strengthening Affordable Care Act Could Cut Disparities

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has significantly improved healthcare coverage and access throughout the country, but there are still some obstacles remaining to ensuring that every American has access to health insurance. While...

Merger Suit Led Aetna to Drop out of Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

The national health payer Aetna may have chosen to reduce its participation in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges due to the Department of Justice’s decision to pursue a lawsuit against the merger between Aetna and...

VT Agency Wrongly Allotted $13M for Health Insurance Marketplace

by Vera Gruessner

The Department of Vermont Health Access went against federal laws when it failed to allocate funds to establishment grants in order to create a public health insurance marketplace, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found in a new report....

Presidential Election Brings Two Opposing Healthcare Policy Proposals

by Vera Gruessner

With the Presidential election heating up and the debate season upon us, last week The Commonwealth Fund detailed the stark differences seen between the two presidential candidates healthcare policy proposals in a new report. The research comes...

Medicare Advantage Premiums Drop 13% Due to Affordable Care Act

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a press release late last week that the average Medicare Advantage monthly premium will be 13 percent lower in 2017 than before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

Affordable Care Act Reduced Uninsurance Rate to 8.6% in 2016

by Vera Gruessner

The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the uninsurance rate during the first three months of 2016 has decreased to 8.6 percent, or 27.3 million Americans, thanks to the continued impact of the Affordable...

Lawmakers Push for Public Option on Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

A total of five senators and multiple organizations are looking to create a public option for healthcare coverage to be available among all Americans purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. Senators...

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