Affordable Care Act News

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 …

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Sues Feds Over Failed Health Co-Op

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart says federal health officials are unlawfully withholding millions of dollars owed to a failed health insurance co-op in his state. Gerhart, who is Liquidator for CoOportunity Health, filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and …

Pittsburgh-Based Highmark Sues Federal Government Over ACA Payments

Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark Inc. is suing the federal government saying it’s owed about $223 million under the Affordable Care Act for losses in 2014. Highmark filed the lawsuit in a Washington federal claims court on Tuesday. The health insurer …

Aetna to Offer Individual Plans in Maine’s Health Exchanges

Aetna plans to offer individual plans in part of Maine on the Affordable Care Act’s health exchanges, bringing more competition to the market. A filing with the state indicates Aetna will join Community Health Options, Harvard Pilgrim and Anthem Blue …

Changing Directions, Oklahoma Eyes Medicaid Expansion

Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do …

Maine Insurers Request Double-Digit Rate Hikes Under Health Care Law

Insurers are seeking double-digit premium increases in the coming year for tens of thousands of Mainers who receive insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care law. Proposals filed with the Maine Bureau of Insurance would raise individual plan premiums between …

Massachusetts Law That Became Model for Affordable Care Act Turns 10

Massachusetts is marking the tenth anniversary of a landmark health care law that later served as a model for the federal Affordable Care Act. Then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney was joined by Democratic leaders including the late Sen. Edward Kennedy when …

New York Health Exchange to Enroll 470K in New Low-Cost Option

New York state’s health exchange expects to enroll more than 470,000 New Yorkers in its new low-cost option for coverage this year. Testifying at an Assembly hearing last week, exchange Executive Director Donna Frescatore said New York chose to participate …

Kansas Revenues in March Boosted by Insurance Premium Tax

Kansas came close last month to hitting its target for tax collections, and the shortfall of less than $2 million reported represented relatively good news after a winter of gloomy budget developments. Sales tax collections — disappointing for months — …

Arkansas Orders Florida Health Plan to Stop Selling in State

Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr has issued a cease and desist order against Health Plan Intermediaries Holdings LLC., dba Health Insurance Innovations (HII), a Tampa, Florida-based company, alleging the company has used fraudulent and dishonest practices in attempting to sell short-term …