Tag Archives: insurance exchanges

What drives insurance premium costs? It’s not what you think.

Before the House GOP health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stalled, there was some discussion by lawmakers to repeal the “essential health benefits.”  These were mandatory requirements created by the Affordable Care Act that most … Continue reading

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United Health bails out

A few weeks ago, UnitedHealth announced that it was dropping out of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges in at least 16 states.  The insurer sells individual ACA plans in 34 states, although it hasnt yet confirmed which state markets … Continue reading

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The Affordable Care Act and LGBT access to health coverage

Many thanks to friend and fellow blogger BosGuy for sending along this awesome infographic about the different ways that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has impacted health coverage in the LGBT community.

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just four little words…

The Affordable Care Act was front and center at the Supreme Court once again yesterday, but this time the health law’s fate may be dependent on just four words. The case before the Supreme Court, King v Burwell, is not … Continue reading

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Changes in cost of monthly health insurance premiums

A while back, I wrote about the need to shop around on the private insurance marketplaces for individuals purchasing insurance for 2015.  Everyone knew that the average price of monthly premiums would change if you purchased the benchmark silver plan … Continue reading

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You better shop around

The open enrollment period for individuals purchasing private health insurance has begun once again when the insurance exchanges opened on Saturday.  If you like your plan and don’t care about what the cost might be to renew, your policy will … Continue reading

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missing out on Medicaid

When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the justices also ruled that each state could decide whether or not to accept the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.  Some 25 states have chosen not to – primarily those controlled by Republican … Continue reading

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Look to Kentucky

Let’s be honest, Americans don’t often “look to Kentucky” as an exemplar for a lot of things.  But Kentucky is turning out to be a bright and shiny star for President Obama’s health care reform law.  And here’s why… Kentucky … Continue reading

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those cancelled insurance plans…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you’ve probably heard that a lot of people are having their health insurance plans cancelled next year by their insurance company.  And yes, President Obama promised everyone that if they liked … Continue reading

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Healthcare.gov #epicfail

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Affordable Care Act.  One need only scroll down the posts on here to see many on the topic.  So as a supporter, one can imagine my disappointment with the lackluster debut … Continue reading

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Millenials and the Affordable Care Act

I cannot take credit for this list of things that millenials need to know about the ACA, but a big thanks to Kaiser Health News for this list. Even superheroes need health care. The time has come – a lot … Continue reading

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health insurance exchanges open today

Yes, even with a government shut down.  This picture made me laugh out loud.  Cartoon courtesy of Politico

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Shutdown, exchange, and Medicaid expansion

As of 7pm tonight, a shutdown of the federal government tomorrow appears to be all but imminent.  There is undoubtedly last minute shenanigans going on behind the scenes in Washington to avert such a disaster, but it doesn’t look good.  … Continue reading

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Where insurance is lacking…

At the end of August, the US Census released a series of maps of the United States that are incredibly important for the future of health reform. Two are particularly noteworthy The first map details by county level the % … Continue reading

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the basics of the Affordable Care Act

or at least this is what the health law is supposed to do.

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DOMA and the Affordable Care Act

Last week, the Supreme Court overturned part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  Last year around the same time, the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”).  Importantly, these two landmark decisions affect … Continue reading

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need a primer on the health care law?

I’d like to thank the Washington Post for this one, since many people are still very confused about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and many of the major provisions of the law begin in just 6 months. 1. The … Continue reading

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confused over health reform?

Apparently you aren’t alone… The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law three years ago, but a new poll indicates that the public knows less about the law today than they did three years ago. The poll … Continue reading

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Where the States Stand… part deux

Yesterday’s announcement by the governor of Ohio indicating his approval of instituting the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion was one in a string of major announcements by GOP governors on their state’s plans to implement or not implement two of … Continue reading

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Where they stand…

… on implementing two of the key components of the Affordable Care Act – expansion of Medicaid eligibility and health insurance exchanges. I think the ones on this map that surprise me the most are Kentucky leaning toward expanding Medicaid … Continue reading

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