Highmark: 150,000 people abandon health insurance plans in 2016

PITTSBURGH —Highmark Inc. says roughly 150,000 people have abandoned health insurance plans they had bought from the Pittsburgh-based insurer on the individual market for 2016. Read more…
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Why Obamacare premiums are spiking in 2016

By Sarah Kliff No matter how you slice the numbers, Obamacare premiums will rise significantly next year. The Obama administration estimates rates will rise 7.5 percent in 2016, compared with 2 percent in 2015. Read more…
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‘Striking change’ in employer-sponsored health care premiums

By Leah Shepherd The days of double-digit health insurance premium increases seem to be behind us, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Read more…
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Reform Update: People keeping noncompliant plans; rate impact varies by state

By Darius Tahir When the Obama administration in November 2013 decided to allow states to decide if individuals could keep noncompliant insurance plans, speculation began about what effect that decision would have on premiums and enrollment for plans that did comply with provisions of
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ObamaCare premiums slated to rise by an average of 7.5 percent

By Elise Viebeck Premiums on ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges will rise by an average of 7.5 percent next year, according to a new analysis. Data compiled by the Health Research Institute (HRI) at PricewaterhouseCoopers found modest changes in premiums for 27 states and th
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Without Medicaid, hospitals may pay patient premiums

By Anthony Brino Uncompensated care was supposed to be a thing of the past, but it’s persisting in many states not expanding Medicaid eligibility. As an alternative, for some high-cost uninsured patients, hospitals are turning to a new option. Read more…
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Obamacare Plans’ Unexpected Sticker Shock

By John Tozzi Alarming predictions that the premiums for individual health plans would skyrocket in the first year of Obamacare turned out to be largely unfounded. But the roughly 8 million people who bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges may suffer some sticker s
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Private health exchanges help introduce defined contribution approach

By Jerry Geisel The rapid development of private health insurance exchanges over the past two years have helped implant the defined contribution approach in how employers offer coverage to their employees. Read more…
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Employers still waiting for several key health reform issues to be resolved

By Jerry Geisel While federal regulators have issued thousands of pages of rules to help employers comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, several key issues have yet to be resolved. Read more…
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At least 80% of exchange customers making payments, insurers tell Congress

Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare At least 80% of exchange customers are making their initial premium payments, according to three major insurers that testified before a congressional hearing Wednesday. Read more…
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