Apr. 20: UnitedHealth To Exit Most ACA Exchange Markets In 2017

NAHU Newswire On Tuesday, UnitedHealth Group’s announcement that it will limit its participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges to just “a handful of states” starting in 2017 received extensive media coverage, including television and print. The company cited growing losses in this
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Meet the Americans Who Prefer to Go Uninsured

The Affordable Care Act has a perplexing problem: Many uninsured Americans prefer their old ways of getting health care. For millions, arranging treatment through cash, barter and charity is still better than paying for insurance. They include Lisa Khechoom of Glendale, Calif., who re
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Individual mandate exemption forms out

By Allison Bell The Obama administration has posted a collection of draft forms consumers can use to obtain an individual mandate exemption. Read more…
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Healthcare.Gov’s Flaws Found, Fixes Eyed

By Christopher Weaver & Louise Radnofsky Government officials are considering rebuilding some parts of the federally run health-insurance marketplace that have been identified as the key flaws that blocked many consumers from getting coverage. Read more…
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Republicans Insistent About Tweaking Health-Care Law

By Louise Radnofsky Some of the changes in the health-care law Republicans have sought in budget negotiations affect provisions so obscure few have heard of them, while others would hit more high-profile parts of the legislation. Read more…
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What health care reform has in common with turning 50

By Laurie S. Miller, MBA As a benefits consultant, celebrating my 50th birthday was a lot like anticipating the full implementation of health care reform. At first,a long way off, both events arrived here before we knew it and – no matter how many times we tried to deny it or de
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What you need to know about the cap on out-of-pocket spending delay

By Tristan Lejeune Since the Congressional Research Service reported that the Obama administration had missed as many as one- third of ACA’s legally required deadlines – and that report was circa November 2011 – the government has announced it won’t be able to
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Legal Challenge to ACA Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Could Portend More Complications for Self-Insurance Marketplace

Posted by Mike Ferguson The United States Supreme Court is now expected to consider Hobby Lobby’s legal challenge to the contraceptive coverage mandate implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act. The owners of the national retailer claim that the law’s requirement that the company
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State-Run Health Exchanges Gain Some Traction

By Amy Schatz At least 38,000 people have signed up for new health plans in the state-run insurance exchanges that opened Oct. 1, while more than 100,000 have completed applications and are close to finishing the process, according to state data. Read More…
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For 2014, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) projects a medical cost trend of 6.5%.

For 2014, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) projects a medical cost trend of 6.5%. Defying historical patterns—and placing added tension on the health industry—medical inflation in 2014 will dip even lower than in 2013. Aggressive and creative steps by employers, new venues
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