Affordable Care Act News

California No-Bid Health Contracts Draws Probe

California’s health insurance exchange is facing calls for a state investigation of its contracting practices, while a state senator urged the agency to account for deals that steered millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the …

Oklahoma Commissioner Adopts Emergency Rules for Navigators

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak announce that new, emergency rules for registered federal health insurance program navigators have been approved by Gov. Mary Fallin. “The roles and duties of navigators are very different than those of insurance agents and brokers,” …

Missouri Consumer Group Sues Over Health Insurance Rates

A Missouri consumer group announced that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the federally run online marketplace. …

Both Sides of California’s Health Rate Initiative Make Prop. 103 Comparison

Opponents of Proposition 45 on the upcoming California ballot like to draw a comparison with Proposition 103, the state’s primary auto insurance law. So do its backers. Prop. 45 seems to have slipped in the polls. A Field Poll in …

Federal Judge in Oklahoma Rules Against Health Insurance Subsidies

Some of the health-insurance subsidies being offered under the Affordable Care Act represent an “abuse of discretion” by the federal government, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled on Sept. 30, marking another volley in a years-long legal fight that could …

Number of Carriers in Missouri’s Health Insurance Marketplace to Double

Missouri could have twice as many health insurers participating next year in a federally run website. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says eight insurers plan to offer policies for 2015 on Missouri’s health insurance exchange. Four offered …

Mass. Gov. Takes Issue With Report Pegging ACA Costs at $1B

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. The Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank, said in a report …

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Losing Low-Cost Carrier

The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. …

Administration Says 7.3 Milion People Paid for Obamacare Coverage

About 7.3 million people have paid for their Obamacare coverage and remain enrolled in health insurance plans sold through new government-run markets, a top U.S. official said today. That’s a 9 percent reduction from the government’s 8 million May estimate, …

Vermont Health Connect Website Temporarily Shut Down

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state is temporarily shutting down the Vermont Health Connect website so it can be fixed before the start of the next enrollment period in November. Shumlin and other state officials said at a Tuesday …