Affordable Care Act News

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 …

Alcoa, Others, Moving Some Retirees to Exchanges for Health Insurance

Alcoa Inc. is sending its white-collar retirees to a private exchange to shop for health insurance as the aluminum maker joins the growing ranks of large companies looking for ways to control benefit costs. The move by Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Alcoa …

Arkansas Marketplace Health Premium Costs Projected to Drop 2% in 2015

The Arkansas Insurance Department recently announced insurance policies sold through the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace are projected to have a net decrease of two percent in premium costs for 2015. This calculation includes the policies offered through the Arkansas Private …

Oklahoma 2015 Health Insurance Exchange Rates Include Hikes, Decreases

Oklahomans shopping for individual health insurance policies through the federal exchange will be able to choose from six different companies offering multiple plans, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Rate renewals for 2015 policies range from a decrease of 9.1 percent …

Full Appeals Court to Hear Obamacare Tax Subsidy Case

The full U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington will rehear a case on Obamacare tax subsidies, granting a government request in a move that may reduce chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central element of the Affordable …

Health Care Spending in Massachusetts Rising Faster Than Inflation

A new report says health care spending in Massachusetts continues to grow faster than the rate of inflation. The report is from the Center for Health Information and Analysis, created under Massachusetts state law in 2012 to monitor health care …

Audit Planned of Troubled Vermont Health Connect

The Vermont state auditor’s office will be doing an audit of the actions taken to fix the state’s troubled online health insurance marketplace. Auditor Doug Hoffer sent a letter to state officials last week. The state announced earlier this month …