Affordable Care Act News

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 …

New Hampshire, Maine Monitoring Struggling Health Insurance Co-Op

New Hampshire insurance regulators are working with their counterparts in Maine to monitor a financially struggling health insurance cooperative that serves both states. Community Health Options, based in Lewiston, Maine, was the only cooperative in the country to make money …

Maine’s Nonprofit Health Insurer Sets Aside $43M to Cover Potential Losses

The lone health insurance cooperative to make money in 2014 on the Affordable Care Act’s public insurance exchanges saw big losses in 2015 and is now setting aside $43 million to cover possible big losses this year. Officials with the …

Federal Audit Finds More Vermont Health Connect Startup Woes

A new federal audit of the first six months of operations of Vermont Health Connect details how the system failed to meet several federal requirements designed to ensure that people who sought health insurance through the system were qualified to …

Delaware Commissioner: Beware of Unscrupulous Tax Preparers

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart is advising consumers to beware of unscrupulous tax preparers this tax-filing season. Stewart said Thursday that the Department of Insurance has received reports of tax preparers who are wrongly informing Delawareans without health insurance …

Oklahoma National Guard Airman with Cancer Expects to Lose Insurance

In early 2014, as his Oklahoma Air National Guard unit ramped up for a Middle East deployment, Senior Airman Jesse Daniels noticed he wasn’t feeling well. He got tired after just a few minutes on his feet. He couldn’t walk …

2.8M Enroll in New York’s Health Exchange

The New York Health Exchange says more than 2.8 million people have signed up for Medicaid and low-cost insurance through its 2016 open enrollment that ended Jan. 31. According to state health officials, federal data show the number of uninsured …