Affordable Care Act News

Aetna Exits Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace for 2018

Aetna Inc. has informed the Delaware Department of Insurance that it will not participate in the health insurance marketplace in Delaware for 2018. As a main reason for its exit, Aetna cited an approximate $700 million loss for individual policies …

California Wants Insurers to Double up on Rate Filings

Health insurers seeking regulatory approval for 2018 individual insurance plans can file two sets of premium rates as a way to deal with market uncertainty created by Republicans’ promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, a California state insurance regulator said …

California Lawmakers Pondering Move to Dump Health Insurers

California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state’s health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer healthcare has long been popular on the left. It’s gaining …

UnitedHealth Prices 2018 Insurance Plans to Include Obamacare Tax

UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday and said it was coping with uncertainty in U.S. healthcare laws by pricing its 2018 insurance plans to include a costly Obamacare tax. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have vowed …

Obamacare Insurers Struggle to Set Plans Amid Threats to Program

Obamacare is stuck in limbo, and insurers and state regulators are struggling to set their plans for what’s increasingly shaping up as a chaotic year for the health-care program. After the failure of Republicans’ first attempt to repeal and replace …

Trump Aims to Raise Insurer Participation in Obamacare with New Rules

The Trump administration finalized a set of rules that it says will help bolster insurer participation in Obamacare’s markets, even as the president presses for repeal of the law itself. The rules, published Thursday [March 13] by the Department of …

Midwest Health Plan Sues Feds for Back ACA Payments

Sanford Health Plan, which serves South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa, is suing the federal government, saying it owes nearly $9 million in payments under a program included in the Affordable Care Act. The Argus Leader reports the program, which …

Texas Senate OKs Ban on Abortion Coverage in Some Insurance Plans

The Texas Senate on March 22 preliminarily approved a bill prohibiting coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans in Texas — despite similar efforts stalling previously. The 19-10 vote leaves Sen. Larry Taylor’s bill a final, largely ceremonial vote …

Nebraska Among States Hardest-Hit by GOP Health Care Bill

A Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would raise health insurance costs in Nebraska faster than in most other states, according to a new report, and advocates say rural areas would be hardest-hit. The analysis was released last …

Current, Ex-Kentucky Governors Battle Over Health Law Legacy

As Republicans in Congress prepare to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Kentucky’s current governor and his predecessor are wrestling over the law’s legacy – and both sides claim the state as a case study of …