Affordable Care Act News

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 …

Health Insurers File for Rate Hikes in Kansas

The Kansas Insurance Department is reviewing requested rate filings for individual and small group health plans in Kansas for 2017. The range of requested average rate revisions by insurance companies is from 3.3 percent to 49.4 percent, as proposed by …

Ohio Court: Insurance Department May Take Over Health Insurer

The state’s insurance department is taking over a company that provides health insurance to nearly 22,000 residents, mainly in central Ohio. The move affects those holding InHealth Mutual policies from Coordinated Health Mutual Inc. The suburban Columbus-based company is organized …

Under Missouri Bill, Insurance Department Would Review ACA Rate Hikes

Health insurance companies would no longer be able to raise rates for Affordable Care Act consumers in Missouri without review by a state agency under a measure awaiting the governor’s signature. Advocates say the change is long overdue. Missouri is …

Oklahoma Insurance Regulators: No Authority to Approve ACA Rate Hikes

The Oklahoma Insurance Department does not have statutory authority to approve or deny rate increases filed by insurers on the federal health insurance exchange, state regulators say. Oklahoma, along with Texas, Missouri, Alabama and Wyoming, is a direct enforcement state …

Arkansas Officials Question Health Insurance Rate Hikes for 2017

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr says he expects to deny several recent requests by insurers to raise rates on individual on-exchange health insurance policies by more than 10 percent for 2017. Under the Affordable Care Act, requests for rate increases …