Affordable Care Act News

Arkansas Releases Warning on Short-Term Health Plans

The Arkansas Insurance Department has issued a warning regarding short-term health plans and reminded producers selling such plans they are required to warn consumers that these plans do not meet the minimum essential coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act. …

Small Firms’ Access to Low Cost Health Plans Depends on State

As small business owners shop for 2019 health insurance, some will for the first time have the chance to join forces and buy cheaper insurance – depending on which state they’re in. New rules that began going into effect last …

Premium Price for ACA Policies to Decline in Louisiana

People searching for health insurance policies in Louisiana will likely fare better than those in many other states as the Nov. 1 annual open enrollment period approaches for the individual marketplace. The Advocate reports data from the Centers for Medicare …

Republican States’ Court Fight to End Obamacare Begins as Midterm Politics Heat Up

A Republican-led lawsuit seeking to nullify Obamacare will be spotlighted in court in the final months of congressional election campaigns, giving Democrats political fodder and sending GOP candidates in competitive races looking for cover. Oral arguments seeking to block the …

Senate Republicans Prepare Pre-Existing Condition Bill in Case Obamacare Nixed

Ten Senate Republicans have introduced legislation that would reinstate Obamacare rules that prohibit insurers from turning away people with pre-existing conditions if a new lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the healthcare law succeeds. The legislation comes two weeks before oral …

Feds Approve Waiver for Wisconsin for Health Reinsurance Program

The federal government has granted Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s request to offer a reinsurance program designed to lower premium rates for most people in the individual market in 2019. The federal waiver will allow Wisconsin to offer a $200 million …

Health Insurers Propose Lower Premiums for Minnesota Individual Market

Health insurers in Minnesota’s individual market are proposing mostly decreased premium rates for 2019, with average proposed decreases ranging from 3 percent to more than 12 percent for consumers, according to data released Friday by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. …

Maine Individual Insurers Seek Nine Percent Rate Hike

Two insurers on Maine’s individual health insurance market are requesting lower-than-expected rate increases for 2019. Portland Press Herald reports the insurers are requesting average rate increases of over 9 percent in 2019. Higher federal subsidies could help 85 percent of …

Wisconsin Governor Requests Federal Waiver for Reinsurance Program

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration filed a request with the federal government seeking a waiver that would allow Wisconsin to offer a $200 million reinsurance program designed to lower premiums and attract more providers to the private marketplace. Walker told reporters …

Iowa Law Allowing Health Plans to Skirt ACA Signed by Governor

Iowa will allow people to buy a cheaper form of health insurance that skirts Affordable Care Act rules, under legislation signed into law by the state’s Republican governor. The law will allow Iowa’s Farm Bureau to partner with a designated …