Why Payers Should Include Consumer Engagement in Health Plans

By Vera Gruessner Consumer engagement remains a key goal of the health insurance industry. In order to ensure that the health insurance exchange successfully reduces healthcare spending, it may be necessary to strengthen consumer engagement and education so that policyholders continua
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Study projects health insurance premiums to rise in 2017

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Next year’s premiums for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act could rise more than in past years in most markets and declines might be rare, according to a preliminary analysis of insurers’ plans. Read more…
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White House urges states to resist ObamaCare hikes

By Sarah Ferris The White House is urging states to be more aggressive against health insurance companies as it looks to prevent expected and widespread premium hikes of 10 percent or more this year. The federal health department announced Wednesday that it will dole out about $22 mil
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Analysis of 2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

Jun 15, 2016 | Cynthia Cox Follow @cynthiaccox on Twitter , Gary Claxton, Larry Levitt Follow @larry_levitt on Twitter , Michelle Long, Selena Gonzales, and Nolan Sroczynski Marketplace premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), already a subject of perennial interest, have gained
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How Inaccurate Health Plan Provider Directories Block Access to Health Care | Families USA

By Jenna Temkin As a freelance writer and director of a small nonprofit that provides expressive arts experiences to refugees in Tucson, Arizona, Marge is already very busy. But last year, Marge spent so much time trying to find a primary care physician in her health plan’s network th
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Obamacare Insurers Received More than $15 Billion in Taxpayer ‘Bailouts’

By Eric Pianin Some lawmakers are still seething over an administration decision nearly two years ago that has shortchanged the Treasury of billions of dollars by shifting the funds to an obscure Obamacare program aimed at protecting insurers against major losses. Read more…
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Milliman: Americans’ healthcare costs have tripled since 2001

Written by Brooke Murphy | May 26, 2016 In 2016, an employer-sponsored PPO health plan for an American family of four costs $25,826, on average, an amount that has more than tripled since 2001 when the average cost was $8,414. That finding comes from a new medical index report assembl
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California may raise health insurance rates amid Obamacare concerns

By Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News California’s health insurance exchange estimates that its Obamacare premiums may rise 8 percent on average next year, which would end two consecutive years of more modest 4 percent increases. The projected rate increase in California, included in th
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Get Ready for Higher Obamacare Rates Next Year

Margot Sanger-Katz It already looks clear that many Obamacare insurance plans are going to raise their prices significantly. Over the last few years, average premium increases in the Obamacare markets have been lower than the increases for people who bought their own insurance in prem
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New health insurance model means lower premiums for students, scholars

By Paula Van Brocklin Iowa State students and visiting scholars who qualify for the Student and Scholars Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP) will have more money in their pockets beginning this fall. On Aug. 1 (with open enrollment starting July 1), students and visiting scholars at all par
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