Affordable Care Act News

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 …

Update: Wisconsin Gov. Signs Health Reinsurance Bill; State Joins ‘Obamacare’ Suit

Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a $200 million measure designed to stabilize the health insurance market under the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin, after authorizing fellow Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel to take lead on a new multi-state …

Survey: Minnesota’s Jump in Uninsured Led by Drop in Private Coverage

The number of Minnesota residents without health insurance jumped by 116,000 in the past two years, the state Department of Health said. A biennial survey by the department and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that the …

Idaho’s ‘Freedom’ Plans Ignore Obamacare, But Have Limits

After Idaho’s Republican governor promised to find creative ways to get around Obamacare, one health plan in the state plans to offer skimpy coverage that may violate many of the law’s protections for patients. Blue Cross of Idaho said Wednesday …