Affordable Care Act News

More People Have Health Insurance in Oklahoma but Uninsured Rate Still High

A new federal study shows the number of Oklahomans without health insurance has fallen by 6 percent since 2010, but the state still has one of the highest percentages of uninsured residents in the country. The study released this week …

Minnesotans on Employer Health Insurance Plans See Modest Rate Hikes

The majority of Minnesota residents aren’t experiencing the hefty health insurance rate hikes that shoppers who buy their coverage individually will see, according to data released by the federal government. More than half of Minnesota residents are covered by employer …

New York Regulators Announce Emergency Measure to Protect Some Health Insurers

New York’s Department of Financial Services has issued an emergency regulation intended to help the state’s health insurers deal with a federal requirement that puts some under sharp financial stress. The federally mandated program for adjusting financial risk under the …

Midwest States See Gains in Health Insurance Coverage

Several Midwest states report significant drops in the number of residents without health insurance. New data shows nearly 200,000 Wisconsin residents gained some form of health insurance between 2013 and 2015. In Illinois, under the Affordable Care Act, the number …

Carrier to Exit New Jersey Health Exchange Marketplace

State officials say a health insurance carrier is leaving New Jersey’s health exchange marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Officials with Health Republic of New Jersey say the insurance co-op has been under “considerable financial strain” due …

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 …