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CMS Mulls End of Auto-Reenrollment, Silver Loading in ACA Market

January 18, 2019 - CMS has issued its proposed Payment Notice for the 2020 plan year, which contains provisions that would significantly alter the operations and structure of the ACA individual marketplace. Continuing a pattern of using CMS regulatory authority to chip away at the integrity of the Affordable Care Act, CMS is seeking comment on a proposal to eliminate auto-reenrollment in plans for...


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Coalition of State AGs Challenge Ruling of Unconstitutional ACA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Following a December 14 ruling stating the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional without its individual mandate, attorney generals from 16 states and the District of Columbia filed an expedited motion to bring clarity to the...

TX Judge Rules ACA Unconstitutional in Highly Charged Court Case

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a highly politically court case brought by a number of Republican officials, US District Judge Reed O'Connor has issued a ruling stating that the Affordable Care Act as a whole is unconstitutional. The ruling stems from the notion...

Narrow Network Health Plans Continue to Dominate ACA Exchanges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New analysis of available health plans on ACA exchanges in 2019 shows that narrow networks remain a dominant force. Avalere researchers found that more restrictive networks own nearly three-quarters of all health plans on health insurance...

AHIP Eyes Solutions to Assist Consumers Shopping for Health Plans

by Chuck Green

American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) recently issued a dozen solutions aimed at assisting families with an income over 400 percent of the federal poverty level afford comprehensive coverage covering their pre-existing conditions. Last...

Regulatory Uncertainty Continues to Disrupt ACA Marketplaces

by Chuck Green

New research published by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides insight into the forces driving health payers to participate in certain ACA marketplaces while wholly quitting others. Insurer participation in the Affordable Care Act health...

HealthCare.gov Breach Exposes Data of 75K Individuals

by Chuck Green

Last month, a breach of HealthCare.gov took place that affected those applying for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, HHS reported last Friday. The intrusion led to inappropriate access to the personal information of about 75,000...

CMS to Audit Premium Subsidy Eligibility for Individual Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has proposed a new rule that would audit premium subsidy eligibility for individual health plan beneficiaries and monitor premium assistance programs through the federal insurance exchanges. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care...

CMS Broadens ACA Waiver Scope for State Insurance Programs

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has issued federal guidance intended to expand the scope and availability of state-level waiver programs.   State governments can now apply for State Relief and Empowerment Waivers that may result in weaker consumer protections...

CMS: ACA Premiums to Decline in 2019 for Silver Plan Consumers

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has announced it expects the average ACA health plan premium to drop by 1.5 percent for healthy consumers that purchase low-cost silver tier plans. The agency stated that it is the first time since 2014 that premiums in any part of...

AMA, Industry Orgs Object to Short-Term Health Plan Expansion

by Thomas Beaton

The American Medical Association and other industry trade groups have filed amici curiae in support of a lawsuit contesting the legality of short-term health plans. The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) contends that the...

Payers Partner with Trade Orgs to Roll Out Association Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Healthcare payers are beginning to launch partnerships with trade organizations and chambers of commerce to provide association health plans (AHPs) to small businesses and contractors. The roll out of AHPs follows federal and state...

Montana Reinsurance Program May Cut Premiums Up to 20%

by Thomas Beaton

Montana is moving ahead with the idea of creating a reinsurance program for the state’s health insurance market.  The program may reduce premiums between 10 and 20 percent, said Governor Steve Bullock and Department of...

Handful of States Propose Lower ACA Premium Rates for 2019

by Thomas Beaton

Several states have announced lower ACA premium rates for 2019, bucking a national trend brought on by unstable markets and regulatory changes.   While early proposals from a number of states, including Virginia, Maryland, and...

Payers Sue to Collect 2017 Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

by Thomas Beaton

Payer organizations are exercising their right to use the court system to collect cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments that were not provided in the last quarter of 2017. A number of lawsuits are challenging the government’s...

How to Curb Adverse Selection in the Individual Health Plan Market

by Thomas Beaton

Maintaining a profitable individual health plan product is already challenging, but adverse selection can create additional problems that impede a payer’s ability to control health plan costs. Policies within the Affordable Care...

ACA Health Insurance Tax to Cost $16B, Lead to Higher Premiums

by Thomas Beaton

The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax (HIT) is expected to levy $16 billion in fees for health insurers by 2020, leading payers to increase premiums by an anticipated 2.2 percent, according to a Oliver-Wyman report...

GAO Critiques HHS Actions on ACA Navigator Program Funding

by Thomas Beaton

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has questioned the data-driven methodology behind significant reductions in funding for the ACA navigator program and subsequent declines in new enrollment in health insurance plans.   In a...

CMS Tells States to Curb Silver-Loading with Off-Exchange Plans

by Thomas Beaton

CMS is asking state insurance departments to offer more off-exchange health plans in order to reduce silver-loading of qualified health plans (QHP). Silver-loading is the practice of raising premiums so that payers can earn larger federal...

New Jersey Gains CMS Approval for Reinsurance Program

by Thomas Beaton

New Jersey has received approval from CMS to implement a five-year reinsurance program that aims to lower individual health plan premiums by 15 percent. The program will operate from 2019 to 2023 and provide $218 million in reinsurance...

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