Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say

By Robert Pear WASHINGTON — The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people — even young and healthy ones — to buy insurance through the law’s online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured. Read more…
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DaVita encouraged some low-income patients to enroll in commercial plans

By Samantha Liss Internal emails from DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. show the Denver-based company targeted some patients in a campaign to get them to buy insurance they didn’t necessarily need, saying their monthly premiums would be paid by a nonprofit foundation. Read more…
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Rising Insurance Premiums Boost Talk of Changes to Affordable Care Act

By Louise Radnofsky WASHINGTON—Insurer defections and rising premiums in the individual insurance market are spurring Democrats and Republicans alike to talk about changes to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Read more…
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Here’s What Would Happen If The Affordable Care Act Were Repealed

By Korin Miller It’s no secret that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect. While more preventive screenings are covered and more Americans now have health insurance than they have in recent history, monthly premiums have sharply risen and taxes have gone up for a lot of Americans. Rea
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Obamacare Doesn’t Cost More Than Other Health Insurance, Report Finds

By Maggie Fox Obamacare may have come under fire for rising health insurance premiums, but plans offered by employers, which cover far more people, are rising even faster, a new report shows. On average, premiums for “benchmark” plans offered on the state and federal gover
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Employees Are Paying A Bigger Chunk Of Health Insurance Costs

By Alison Kodjak High deductible health plans are the new normal. Just over half of employees this year have a health insurance policy with a deductible of at least $1,000, according to a survey of employers from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more…
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Slavitt says high premium increases are result of one-time effects

By Shannon Muchmore Lawmakers cited contrasting headlines to assess the performance of the Affordable Care Act during a hearing Wednesday where acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt once again defended the law under harsh questioning. Read more…
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Obama meets with remaining insurers on Affordable Care Act exchanges

By Virgil Dickson Following the exodus of UnitedHealthcare and Aetna from insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama met Monday with the heads of some of the remaining payers to discuss the future of the federal insurance marketplace. Read more&
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For the Record: About that overly expensive health care

Joanna Allhands, USA TODAY Welcome back from your holiday weekend! Hope you took time to grill, drink and mourn the death of summer (unless you live in the Southwest, where Labor Day is seen as a merciful beginning of the end). Now that we’re back, we figured we’d rip off the Band-Aid
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Preliminary Data on Insurer Exits and Entrants in 2017 Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

By Cynthia Cox & Ashley Semanskee The following charts provide a preliminary picture of the potential effect insurer exits and entrants may have on competition and consumer choice in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. This analysis was done at the request of the Wall Stre
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