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AHIP: Graham-Cassidy Bill a Poor Choice for Payers, Patients

September 22, 2017 - AHIP believes that passage of the Graham-Cassidy Bill making the rounds in the Senate would adversely affect payer market through policies that destabilize the health insurance markets, reduce patient access to healthcare, and fail to meet the criteria of a sustainable solution for the industry.   “Throughout this debate, we have been committed to engage in a collaborative, constructive...


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Veterans Gained Coverage under ACA, but May Lose Big from Repeal

by Thomas Beaton

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) produced significant coverage gains for veterans, currently proposed repeal actions could hit this population particularly hard, according to a study from RAND Corporation. Prior to the ACA, 9.1 percent of...

Healthcare Coverage, Access Disparities Remain Even After ACA

by Thomas Beaton

While the Affordable Care Act has helped to significantly reduce care and access disparities between socioeconomic groups, more work is needed to create true coverage equity, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Sciences University....

AARP: Congress Must Take Action on ACA Market Stabilization Solutions

by Thomas Beaton

In order to protect healthcare consumers and stabilize the ACA marketplace, Congress must pass legislation that creates affordable and accessible coverage options, protects Medicaid and Medicare program funding, and expands prescription drug...

Narrow Provider Networks are 16% Cheaper for ACA Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Economists from Harvard Business School and Northeastern University found individual ACA silver plans with narrow provider networks were 16 percent cheaper for consumers and offer payers a promising savings opportunity in the commercial market....

AHIP, AMA, AHA to Congress: Fund Cost Sharing Reductions to 2019

by Thomas Beaton

AHIP, AMA, and AHA and four other healthcare organizations urged Congress to continue funding cost sharing reductions (CSRs) through 2019, warning of continued instability in the health insurance marketplace and higher premiums if the CSRs were...

Governors Propose Health Insurance Market Stabilization Plan

by Thomas Beaton

Eight state governors have outlined their proposals for a health insurance market stabilization plan that would control premium increases and improve competition in the federal and state health insurance exchanges. In a letter sent to Congress,...

HHS to Spend $10M on Affordable Care Act Navigator Program

by Thomas Beaton

HHS and CMS announced that they will allocate $10 million to support the Affordable Care Act Navigator program, which helps health insurance consumers find coverage solutions during the Open Enrollment period. Launched in 2013, the Navigator...

20.5 Million More Insured Since Start of Affordable Care Act

by Thomas Beaton

20.5 million more individuals have gained health insurance coverage since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, according to a new report from the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In the first three...

ACA Risk Adjustment Leads Northwell to Shutter Insurance Plan

by Thomas Beaton

Northwell Health will end the sale of its CareConnect health plans in New York after hefty risk adjustment payments resulted in financial losses for the program, the health system announced. ACA risk adjustment payments totaling $112 million...

Medicaid Reform Requires Outcomes-Based Innovation, Better Data

by Thomas Beaton

Medicaid has steadily provided low-income patients with quality healthcare coverage and could further improve by addressing problematic areas through outcomes-based innovation and data analytics infrastructure, according to commentary published...

Stop-Loss Insurance a Growing Market Opportunity for Healthcare

by Thomas Beaton

Even though payers may experience higher total revenues on commercial self-insurance, stop-loss and third-party protected insurance revenues have been growing at a higher rate with stronger market stability according to market research from AM...

CMS: Payers Will Have More Time to File 2018 Health Plan Rates

by Thomas Beaton

Payers still debating how uncertainty over cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies will alter their insurance prices now have more time to submit 2018 health plan rates, CMS announced in a letter to insurers. While the letter says there's...

Explaining Out-of-Pocket Costs May Ease Cancer Care Stress

by Thomas Beaton

Patients who are not prepared for the magnitude of their out-of-pocket costs for cancer care are more likely to be distressed and less likely to pay their bills than other individuals, according to a research letter published in JAMA Oncology....

As ACA Debate Lingers, Non-Marketplace Members Present Risks

by Thomas Beaton

While much of the national debate over health insurance has focused on the options open to ACA marketplace enrollees, payers should be careful not to neglect coverage choices for their private plan customers, who tend to be healthier and wealthier,...

Anthem to Withdraw from ACA Individual Market Exchanges in NV

by Thomas Beaton

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) will completely withdraw from Nevada’s ACA exchange for individual health plans in 2018, the health payer announced on Monday. The payer’s decision follows discussion with state leaders and regulators....

Payers, Providers Highlight the Pros of Cost-Sharing Reductions

by Thomas Beaton

A joint group of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and provider organizations came together to promote the benefits of cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) on consumer and payer healthcare costs, the group announced in a joint statement....

Tiebreaker Vote in Senate Opens ACA Repeal, Replacement Debate

by Thomas Beaton

In a 50-50 procedural vote, Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie as the US Senate voted to open debate for a future vote on American Health Care Act (AHCA), and the possible addition of amendments to the bill. After failing to garner...

What to Look for in Health Insurance Enrollment Technology

by Thomas Beaton

Health insurance enrollment technology is designed to offer payers convenience, cost savings, and administrative ease-of-mind when it comes managing beneficiaries enrolled in health plans. Many Americans face challenges when seeking new health...

AHA to CMS: Continue Funding ACA Cost-Sharing Reductions

by Thomas Beaton

CMS should continue to fund the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) that keep the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces relatively stable, the American Hospital Association (AHA) said in a comment letter. AHA asserts that should the government...

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