Affordable Care Act News

Illinois Senator Says Blue Cross Could Reduce Costs, Be More Competitive

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is taking the rare step of weighing in on the state’s handling of a hefty health insurance rate increase request, asking Illinois regulators to press the state’s leading insurer of families and small businesses to reduce …

Massachusetts, New Hampshire Nonprofit Insurer Sues Over Federal Assessment

A nonprofit health insurer with 25,000 customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire has filed a federal lawsuit claiming it is being illegally punished for offering lower-cost products. Under the Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program, insurers with healthier customers make …

Failing Illinois Health Insurance Co-Op to Be Shut Down

An Illinois health insurance co-op with 49,000 policyholders in the state has become the latest casualty among a dwindling group of nonprofit alternative insurers set up under the Affordable Care Act. Illinois regulators took steps on July 12 to shut …

Michigan Seeks Comment on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Changes

State insurance regulators are seeking public comment on requested health insurance policy rate changes. The Department of Insurance and Financial Services said that insurers’ proposed changes for individual rates in 2017 range from about 39 percent to about 6.7 percent. …

Illinois Stepping in to Help Struggling Insurance Co-Op

The state of Illinois has tried an unusual maneuver to save a health insurer with 49,000 Illinois policyholders from possible financial failure by blocking it from paying a $31.8 million bill to the federal government. Illinois Department of Insurance Acting …

Illinois Insurance Co-Op Sues Feds over ACA Payments

A struggling Illinois health insurance co-op is suing the federal government, claiming it is being shortchanged $72.8 million in promised payments under the Affordable Care Act. Chicago-based Land of Lincoln Health filed the lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal …

Concerns Raised about Coverage with Ohio Insurer’s Demise

Health care advocates and a U.S. senator are raising concerns that nearly 22,000 Ohioans could end up paying much more for health care as their struggling insurer winds down its operations. Republican Sen. Rob Portman has asked federal officials whether …

New Hampshire Issues Consumer Alert on Insurance Denials and Mammograms

The New Hampshire Insurance Department has issued a consumer alert Monday on health insurance denials and mammograms. The department said that since Jan. 1, it has heard from 67 New Hampshire women who received notice from their health insurance companies …

Governor Wants State to Run Arkansas Health Insurance Exchange

Arkansas officials say they want the state to take responsibility for its health insurance exchange for individuals but continue enrolling them in coverage through the federal system’s mechanisms. Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s spokesman J.R. Davis told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that having …

UnitedHealthcare Leaving Illinois Insurance Exchange

A company spokeswoman says UnitedHealthcare is pulling out of the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace in Illinois. Maria Gordon Shydlo of UnitedHealthcare says the company will not offer individual exchange plans in the state in 2017. The company previously told …