Obamacare News

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 …

Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Rose by 3 Million in 2017: Gallup

The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly …

Percent of Indiana Residents Without Health Insurance Declines

A U.S. Census Bureau report has found that Indiana had 373,000 fewer people without health insurance last year than three years earlier. The report released last week said about 8 percent of Indiana residents, or about 530,000 people, lacked medical …

Hey Congress, Hurricanes and Health Care Have a Lot in Common: Bloomberg View

As Congress continues to struggle with health insurance reform, members should be ruminating on the scenes of “recovery” beaming in from East Texas and Florida, where the majority of households — many now severely damaged or destroyed — had not …

Number Drops but Texas Still Has Highest Rate for People Without Health Insurance

The number of people without health insurance in Texas continues to decline, but the state still has more residents without coverage than anywhere in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday shows Texas’ 2016 rate of uninsured at 16.6 …

Health Insurers to Fill Gaps in Ohio’s Individual Coverage Market

Five health insurance companies in Ohio, including Molina Healthcare Inc., have stepped up to sell health plans in 19 counties that would have been without Obamacare individual coverage in 2018, the state’s insurance regulator said. Ohio’s Department of Insurance said …

Cuomo Takes Steps to Keep New York Insurers in Obamacare

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced steps on Monday to encourage insurers to keep selling health plans in the state’s Obamacare exchange, as the companies withdraw from other markets amid uncertainty surrounding the health law. The state is tying participation …

California’s Single-Payer Bill Comes with $400B Price Tag

A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said. Much of the cost would be offset by existing …

California Wants Insurers to Double up on Rate Filings

Health insurers seeking regulatory approval for 2018 individual insurance plans can file two sets of premium rates as a way to deal with market uncertainty created by Republicans’ promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, a California state insurance regulator said …

Obamacare Insurers Struggle to Set Plans Amid Threats to Program

Obamacare is stuck in limbo, and insurers and state regulators are struggling to set their plans for what’s increasingly shaping up as a chaotic year for the health-care program. After the failure of Republicans’ first attempt to repeal and replace …