10% of Big Nonprofits Seek Contraception Waivers

10% of Big Nonprofits Seek Contraception Waivers

November 30, 2015 One in 10 nonprofit organizations that have more than 1,000 employees have asked for an “accommodation” to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health plans include coverage for contraception. Federal Read More
Five Facts about Deductibles

Five Facts about Deductibles

November 20, 2015 Consumers who shop for coverage at HealthCare. gov have a variety of plans from which to choose, allowing them to find a plan that meets their health needs and budget. Read More
Week 2 Plan Selections Top 500,000

Week 2 Plan Selections Top 500,000

November 19, 2015 The Healthcare.gov online marketplace was used by 534,778 consumers to select insurance plans during the second week of open enrollment, according to the “weekly snapshot report” issued by the Department Read More
Millions Use Healthcare.gov in Week 1

Millions Use Healthcare.gov in Week 1

November 12, 2015 Almost 3.2 million consumers used the website during the first open for Act , the Department and Human Services announced in its initial weekly “snapshot” report for the current . Read More
Tax Considerations During Open Enrollment

Tax Considerations During Open Enrollment

November 6, 2015 The is alerting consumers to three matters they should consider while purchasing or renewing via an online . When a consumer applies for assistance to help pay the premiums for Read More
Mid-Size Companies Must Offer Coverage in 2016

Mid-Size Companies Must Offer Coverage in 2016

November 2, 2015 Employers with 50 to 99 full-time workers, or full-time equivalents, will be required to offer Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance in 2016. Companies with 100 or more employees (or FTEs), Read More
Premiums For Key Plans Up An Average Of 7.5%

Premiums For Key Plans Up An Average Of 7.5%

November 2, 2015 Premiums will increase an average 7.5% for the second-lowest- silver insurance plans offered next year in the 37 states where the federal government operates marketplaces, according to a Kaiser Foundation Read More
Prescription Drug Costs Are Top Issue For Public

Prescription Drug Costs Are Top Issue For Public

November 2, 2015 With presidential candidates in both parties proposing changes to the nation’s health care system, most consumers are much more interested in the cost of prescription drugs, according to a poll Read More
How To Know If Coverage Meets ACA Requirements

How To Know If Coverage Meets ACA Requirements

October 29, 2015 Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees – called applicable large employers, or ALEs – are subject to the employer shared responsibility Read More
Deductibles Causing Patients to Delay Care

Deductibles Causing Patients to Delay Care

October 26, 2015 Emergency room physicians say more of the patients they see have delayed seeking medical care despite having health insurance, because of high out-of-pocket expenses, high deductibles or high co-insurance. In Read More
Pennsylvania Limits Premium Hikes on ACA Plans

Pennsylvania Limits Premium Hikes on ACA Plans

October 20, 2015 Pennsylvania’s insurance regulator has rolled back the health insurance premium increases some of the state’s largest insurers had requested for plans that will be sold on its marketplace in 2016. Read More
Health Program Launched for Low-Income New Yorkers

Health Program Launched for Low-Income New Yorkers

October 19, 2015 New York State has introduced a new affordable health insurance plan designed for low-income residents who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private Read More
17.6 Million Have Gained Health Coverage Under the ACA

17.6 Million Have Gained Health Coverage Under the ACA

October 1, 2015 As of September 12, an estimated 17.6 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage since enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began in October of 2013, according to the Department Read More
Number of Uninsured Women Sharply Lower

Number of Uninsured Women Sharply Lower

September 29, 2015 The percentage of women aged 15 to 44 dropped sharply between 2013 and 2014, the first full year of implementation of the Affordable Care Act,,according to an analysis by the Read More
Employer Premiums Up 4%, Deductibles Rising Faster

Employer Premiums Up 4%, Deductibles Rising Faster

September 23, 2015 Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 4% this year, continuing a decade-long period of moderate growth, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But the size of deductibles paid Read More
Study Says Hospitals Serving Poor Are Punished

Study Says Hospitals Serving Poor Are Punished

September 16, 2015 A study by researchers at Harvard Medical School says an Act intended to make hospitals more efficient is unintentionally punishing hospitals that serve the sickest, poorest and least-educated patients. Under Read More
Key Dates for ACA Open Enrollment

Key Dates for ACA Open Enrollment

September 8, 2015 November 1, 2015 – Open Enrollment begins. Individuals can apply for, drop, keep or change their Insurance plans. December 15, 2015 – Individuals must enroll by this date if they Read More
Uninsured Rate is 9.2%, a Record Low

Uninsured Rate is 9.2%, a Record Low

August 13, 2015 Only 9.2% of Americans are without health insurance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. This is the lowest rate since the CDC began keeping records in 1972. The Read More
Alaska’s Governor Acts to Expand Medicaid

Alaska’s Governor Acts to Expand Medicaid

July 17, 2015 Alaska’s Gov. Bill Walker moved to expand Medicaid, saying he will ask the administration to offer Medicaid coverage to all qualifying residents of the state. Noting that Alaska’s legislature had Read More
Enrollments Alone Don’t Lead to Better Health

Enrollments Alone Don’t Lead to Better Health

July 9, 2015 Despite the Affordable Care Act’s success in getting 16 million more Americans enrolled in health insurance programs, major hurdles still keep consumers from understanding their coverage, finding a doctor and Read More
“Doc Fix” Made Permanent

“Doc Fix” Made Permanent

April 15, 2015 The Senate and House approved a permanent repeal to a widely disliked formula used to pay doctors for services, and President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill. This Read More
Minorities More Affected By Medicaid Gap

Minorities More Affected By Medicaid Gap

April 14, 2015 Low-income Black and Hispanic Americans are much more likely than Whites to be affected by a “ gap” in the 22 states that have not expanded Medicaid, declining funds for Read More