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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....

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...

Affordable Care Act Marketplace Consumers Face Fewer Choices

by Vera Gruessner

A hefty number of health insurance companies have been dropping out of the Affordable Care Act’s state exchanges in recent months including Humana, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare. These actions would leave fewer health plans to choose from...

7% of Counties Retain One Payer on Health Insurance Exchanges

by Vera Gruessner

With more health payers such as UnitedHealthcare, Humana, and Aetna dropping out of a number of state health insurance exchanges, it is useful to analyze the differences of healthcare coverage between different regions and states around the country....

Public Health Insurance Marketplace Still Benefits Consumers

by Vera Gruessner

The public health insurance marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have fewer and fewer health plans participating in the coming years since a number of major insurers have dropped out of the exchanges. This would lead...

New York, California Enact Rulings Against Surprise Medical Bills

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare payers may find that they may no longer have to pass on extraneous costs to their consumers when out-of-network providers send more costly claims their way. New legislation in states like New York and California may soon put an end...

Presidential Election Shakes Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare policy of US presidential candidates depends on more than their perspective on the Affordable Care Act. With employer-sponsored health insurance still a major aspect of coverage among Americans since fewer are insured through Medicaid...

Cigna Boosts Outcomes Despite Affordable Care Act Obstacles

by Vera Gruessner

With many health payers experiencing significant challenges while operating through the health insurance exchanges and adhering to various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it grows more important than ever before...

Affordable Care Act, Exchanges Challenge Health Payers

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a number of opponents have found factors to criticize within the landmark healthcare law. But has it truly brought more problems for the healthcare industry? From...

Is the ACA’s Health Insurance Provider Fee Unconstitutional?

by Vera Gruessner

Last year, six states including Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, Louisiana, Indiana and Nebraska filed a lawsuit arguing that a provision within the Affordable Care Act requiring states to cover a Health Insurance Provider Fee is unconstitutional and...

How Health Insurance Industry Faces the Presidential Elections

by Vera Gruessner

The upcoming US presidential elections may impact the future of the health insurance industry and the way healthcare costs are addressed in this country. Whether the Democrats or the Republicans take the White House, the continuing rise in the...

How Presidential Election will Impact the Affordable Care Act

by Vera Gruessner

For months now, the media has been broadcasting 24 hours per day, seven days a week news related to the upcoming presidential election. Many have postulated on how the nation will be impacted if either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party...

Why GOP Should Hold Off on Replacing the Affordable Care Act

by Vera Gruessner

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed into law, it has had a variety of proponents as well as opposition from the GOP with many calling on the healthcare law to be repealed. However, repealing the Affordable Care Act...

Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Need Affordable Care Act

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has undergone both an opposition and an embrace by healthcare experts and politicians around the country. Now that this healthcare law has become embedded within the healthcare delivery system, it...

Opposition Increases to Aetna, Anthem Health Insurance Mergers

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance mergers between Aetna and Humana along with Anthem and Cigna seem to have a fair amount of opposition from both healthcare organizations as well as politicians around the country. The American Hospital Association (AHA) reported...

Republicans Release Plan to Replace the Affordable Care Act

by Vera Gruessner

It is well-known the the GOP base has attempted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for years since its passage. However, the big question that everyone has always wondered is what the Republicans would replace the Affordable...

What Repealing the Affordable Care Act Would Mean for America

by Vera Gruessner

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed into law six years ago, there is still plenty of controversy that surrounds this landmark legislation. For instance, the Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill that would...

Affordable Care Act Brought Healthcare Coverage to Rural Areas

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has brought a fair amount of healthcare access and coverage to the American people. This does not just include those living in urban areas or the suburbs. Recent research suggests that the Affordable...

Indiana, Florida Approve Anthem, Aetna Health Insurance Mergers

by Vera Gruessner

The major health insurance mergers taking place between Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana have shown some progress of late. Recently, the Indiana Department of Insurance approved the acquisition between Cigna and Anthem, according to a press release...

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