Insurance Journal » Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:49:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Obamacare Mitigates Costs for Big Employers, Refuting Lobbyists’ Predictions http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/16/343793.htm Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:55:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343793 Business groups said soon after Obamacare became law in 2010 that the sweeping healthcare overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, …

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Insurers, Hospitals Enjoying Benefits of Obamacare http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/07/31/336134.htm Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:30:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336134 Even as Obamacare continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using emergency rooms are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower …

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Same Day, Different Court Obamacare Subsidies Upheld http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/07/22/335503.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:40:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335503 Two U.S. appeals courts reached opposite conclusions on the legality of a key financing provision of the Affordable Care Act, increasing the chance of another showdown at the Supreme Court over President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. In majority ruling …

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Court Rules Against Obamacare Subsidies for Federal Exchange Insureds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/07/22/335453.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:58:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335453 President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul suffered a potentially crippling blow as a U.S. appeals court ruled the government can’t give financial assistance to anyone buying coverage on the insurance marketplace run by federal authorities. The decision, if it withstands appeals, …

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House to Sue President Obama Over Healthcare Mandate Waiver http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/07/11/334328.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:34:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334328 The U.S. House of Representatives will sue President Barack Obama’s administration over delaying the implementation of an employer health insurance mandate in the 2010 health-care law. “In 2013, the president changed the health-care law without a vote of Congress, effectively …

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Obamacare Reaches Enrollment Milestone But Faces Obstacles Ahead http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/31/324804.htm Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:54:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324804 President Barack Obama’s embattled U.S. healthcare law, having survived a rollout marred by technology failures, reaches a milestone on Monday with the end of its first enrollment wave, and with the administration likely to come close to its goal of …

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Could ‘Missing Number 1321′ on Subsidies Derail Affordable Care Act? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/25/324355.htm Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:32:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324355 If President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law unravels, it could be for want of a single number in crucial passages of the 2,409-page statute. The missing number, 1321, refers to a section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act …

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How Is Obamacare Affecting Competition Among Health Insurers? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/18/323575.htm Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:55:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323575 A snapshot of Obamacare enrollment in seven states suggests the law hasn’t significantly increased competition in health insurance markets, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported. In California, for example, four big insurers have largely carved up the state’s market. The divide …

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Obamacare Expected to OK Renewal of Extended Plans for 2 Years: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/05/322228.htm Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:46:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322228 Americans who kept their health plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare requirements will be able to renew those policies for two more years, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Obama administration, which has been deliberating the issue …

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How ACA Healthcare Law Could Affect P/C Insurance Costs and Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/02/21/321196.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:59:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321196 The property/casualty insurance industry is likely to face cost shifting by hospitals, physicians and other medical providers due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to an insurance industry white paper. In addition, property/casualty insurers may potentially …

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Supreme Court Could Take Up Religious Rights of Corporations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/11/26/312185.htm Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:10:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312185 U.S. Supreme Court justices could decide on Tuesday to review religious objections made by corporations to a provision of the 2010 federal healthcare law requiring employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. The key question before the court …

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Premium Increases Under Obamacare Are Exaggerated, Rand Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/30/303462.htm Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:00:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=303462 Predictions of sharp increases in health-insurance premiums for people getting coverage under the U.S. Affordable Care Act have been overstated and many states will see little to no change, researchers at Rand Corp. found. Out-of-pocket premiums for most individuals who …

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Florida Insurers, Hospitals Findings Ways to Cut Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/08/30/303312.htm Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:00:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=303312 As health care costs rise in Florida, insurers and hospitals vested in the success of the Affordable Care Act, are coming up with new ways to cut costs from buying services in bulk and piloting programs to lowering hospital readmission …

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Will Young Adults Sign Onto Obamacare? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/23/302661.htm Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:33:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302661 If uninsured young Americans shun the new health plans offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, it will be because the insurance costs too much and not because they don’t expect to need much medical care, according to a …

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Republicans Question Privacy Protections with Health Insurance Navigators http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/21/302401.htm Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:43:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302401 Florida Gov. Rick Scott has joined other Republicans lawmakers around the country in questioning privacy issues surrounding the navigators hired to walk people through their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. “What we do not know is how …

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Advocates Question Ohio Health ‘Navigators’ Rules http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/14/301696.htm Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:29:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301696 An Ohio legislative panel has cleared new state rules for professionals guiding people through the insurance marketplaces created by the federal health care law, despite concerns from some consumer groups that the regulations create confusion. The rules stem from a …

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Administration Says Obamacare to Lower Insurance Premiums More Than Forecast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/18/298870.htm Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:21:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298870 Hoping to gain the high ground in an escalating war of words over Obamacare, the U.S. administration on Thursday forecast sharply lower than expected insurance costs for consumers and small businesses in new online state healthcare exchanges. A report by …

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Walgreen, Blue Cross to Aid in Educating Public on Obamacare http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/11/298107.htm Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:30:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298107 Walgreen Co., the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, agreed to join with the largest federation of health insurers to promote the Affordable Care Act, lending a hand as the Obama administration strains to win over the public. The Blue Cross Blue …

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Employers Welcome Delay in Obamacare Mandate; Workers, States Concerned http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/08/297615.htm Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=297615 While businesses hailed President Barack Obama’s decision to delay penalizing companies that fail to offer benefits under the health law, workers and states may struggle with the uncertain aftermath. In postponing the mandate for a year, the president has lessened …

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Another Obamacare Requirement Delayed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/08/297625.htm Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=297625 Days after delaying health insurance requirements for employers, the Obama administration has decided to roll back requirements for new state online insurance marketplaces to verify the income and health coverage status of people who apply for subsidized coverage. President Barack …

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Employer Health Insurance Mandate Delayed Until 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/03/297483.htm Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:16:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=297483 The Obama administration will delay a crucial provision of its signature health care law, giving businesses an extra year to comply with a requirement that they provide their workers with insurance. The government will postpone enforcement of the so-called employer …

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States Brace for Web Barrage When Obamacare Goes Live Oct. 1 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/07/01/297218.htm Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:51:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=297218 About 550,000 people in Oregon do not have health insurance, and Aaron Karjala is confident the state’s new online insurance exchange will be able to accommodate them when enrollment under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform begins on Oct. 1. What …

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IRS Scandals Threaten Funding for Health Care Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/06/19/296044.htm Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:18:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=296044 Mounting scandals at the Internal Revenue Service are jeopardizing critical funding for the agency as it gears up to play a big role in President Barack Obama’s health care law. Obama sought a significant budget increase for the IRS for …

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Gov. Corbett Signs Bill Limiting Abortion Coverage in Pennsylvania http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/06/18/296005.htm Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:42:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=296005 Pennsylvania is joining about 20 other states in limiting coverage of abortions under health care insurance policies offered in a federally-run insurance marketplace starting next year under a sweeping federal law. Gov. Tom Corbett’s office said he signed the bill …

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Republicans See ‘Obamacare’ Issues as Key to 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/05/30/293842.htm Thu, 30 May 2013 16:58:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=293842 If Republicans were writing a movie script for next year’s congressional elections, the working title might be “2014: Apocalypse of Obamacare.” The plot: The rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law turns into such a disaster that enraged voters …

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Workplace Wellness Has Only Modest Effect on Bottom Lines, Waistlines: RAND http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/05/29/293311.htm Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=293311 A long-awaited report on workplace wellness programs, which has still not been publicly released, delivers a blow to the increasingly popular efforts, Reuters has learned, casting doubt on a pillar of the Affordable Care Act and a favorite of the …

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California Offers Glimpse Into Health Insurance Prices Under Obamacare http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/05/24/293200.htm Fri, 24 May 2013 13:25:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=293200 California unveiled prices on Thursday that consumers will pay for a selection of health plans offered through the state under the Affordable Care Act, providing a glimpse into how health care reform may look as it is rolled out across …

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Employer Contraception Mandate Headed to Court for Ban Ruling http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/05/22/292931.htm Wed, 22 May 2013 14:02:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=292931 The U.S. law requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for birth control is set to come before an appeals court in cases brought by two businesses whose owners say they operate according to Catholic doctrine. The businesses, a construction …

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GOP Questions Fundraising for Obamacare http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/05/21/292778.htm Tue, 21 May 2013 13:56:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=292778 With the White House already reeling from three major controversies, some Republican lawmakers are zeroing in on what they perceive is another possible scandal tied to President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law just as it nears implementation. On top …

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Republicans Renew Push for Repeal of Obamacare http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/05/10/291532.htm Fri, 10 May 2013 13:14:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=291532 The White House announced a new $150 million initiative on Thursday to get uninsured Americans covered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, as Republicans raised the volume on their calls for “Obamacare” to be repealed. The enrollment program will …

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