Health Insurance Roundup, November 14, 2018

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  • Alabama health insurance
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-13 at 22:00Alabama uses the federally facilitated marketplace, so residents enroll in exchange plans through HealthCare.gov. For 2019 coverage, open enrollment will run from November 1 through December 15, 2018. Two carriers – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and Bright Health – will continue to offer plans through the exchange. Both insurers filed 2019 rates that are lower than last year. […]

  • Oklahoma and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-13 at 17:52As of October 2018, there were 796,455 Oklahoma residents enrolled in SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program. Two-thirds of them were children. Enrollment is virtually unchanged since 2013, as the state has not accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid. But Oklahoma plans to seek federal approval to impose a Medicaid work requirement for the existing Medicaid population. […]

  • Connecticut and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-13 at 16:53Connecticut was the first state to adopt expand Medicaid through the ACA, and the state’s eligibility guidelines for children, pregnant women, and parents are more generous than the national average. But about 14,000 parents were dropped from Medicaid in August 2016 as part of a budget cut program that lowered the income limit for eligibility. […]

  • Florida health insurance
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-13 at 15:30Florida uses the federally run health marketplace, so residents enroll through HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment for 2019 coverage started November 1 and continues through December 15 in Florida. Seven insurers will offer 2019 health plans through Florida’s marketplace. The average rate increase after the state approval process is 5.2 percent. […]

  • District of Columbia health insurance
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-13 at 08:31In Washington, DC, coverage in the individual and small-group health insurance markets is available only through the state-run exchange: DC Health Link. There is not an off-exchange option. The federal government reduced the duration of individual market open enrollment to just over six weeks, starting in 2017.  But DC was one of three exchanges  that opted to keep the duration of […]


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Health Insurance Roundup, November 13, 2018

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  • Oklahoma and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-12 at 14:29As of October 2018, there were 796,455 Oklahoma residents enrolled in SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program. Two-thirds of them were children. Enrollment is virtually unchanged since 2013, as the state has not accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid. But Oklahoma plans to seek federal approval to impose a Medicaid work requirement for the existing Medicaid population. […]

  • Connecticut and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-11 at 21:36Connecticut was the first state to adopt expand Medicaid through the ACA, and the state’s eligibility guidelines for children, pregnant women, and parents are more generous than the national average. But about 14,000 parents were dropped from Medicaid in August 2016 as part of a budget cut program that lowered the income limit for eligibility. […]

  • Are visits to the chiropractor or physical therapist covered under the Affordable Care Act?

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 19:42Q. Are visits to the chiropractor or physical therapist covered under the Affordable Care Act? A. All ACA-compliant individual and small group plans include coverage for physical therapy. Some individual market plans, sold via the health insurance marketplaces and off-exchange, include coverage for chiropractic services – but many do not. It depends in large part on where you live, as […]

  • Minnesota health insurance

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 07:31Minnesota’s marketplace enrollment is through a state-run exchange: MNsure. In 2017, state lawmakers voted to convert MNSure to a federally run marketplace, but the legislation was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton. […]

  • Washington health insurance

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 07:27A guide to the state of health, healthcare reform, Medicaid expansion and Medicare in Washington, which runs its own ACA exchange and has a low uninsured rat […]

     


Health Insurance Roundup, November 12, 2018

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  • Are visits to the chiropractor or physical therapist covered under the Affordable Care Act?

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 19:42Q. Are visits to the chiropractor or physical therapist covered under the Affordable Care Act? A. All ACA-compliant individual and small group plans include coverage for physical therapy. Some individual market plans, sold via the health insurance marketplaces and off-exchange, include coverage for chiropractic services – but many do not. It depends in large part on where you live, as […]

  • Minnesota health insurance

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 07:31Minnesota’s marketplace enrollment is through a state-run exchange: MNsure. In 2017, state lawmakers voted to convert MNSure to a federally run marketplace, but the legislation was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton. […]

  • Washington health insurance

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 07:27A guide to the state of health, healthcare reform, Medicaid expansion and Medicare in Washington, which runs its own ACA exchange and has a low uninsured rat […]

  • Connecticut health insurance

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 07:09Access Health CT is a successful state-run exchange that has dodged many of the technology problems that plagued other exchanges over the first few years of operation. Open enrollment for 2019 coverage in Connecticut started November 1 and will continue through December 15. […]

  • Rhode Island health insurance

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-09 at 07:01Rhode Island utilizes a state-run health insurance exchange – HealthSource RI – an active purchaser exchange. That means that the exchange negotiates directly with insurers, and determines which plans will be made available each year. […]


Health Insurance Roundup, November 9, 2018

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Health Insurance Roundup, November 8, 2018

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  • Montana health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-07 at 15:01Montana is one of very few states where no insurers left the exchange at the end of 2016 or 2017, and all three insurers intend to continue to offer plans in 2019 as well. If federal funding for CSR had continued, Montana’s average rate increases for 2018 would have been in the single digits. For 2019, the average rate increase is about 5.7 percent. And Montana is considering a reinsurance […]

  • Utah and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-07 at 14:53Voters in Utah approved a Medicaid expansion ballot initiative in 2018, with expanded coverage available as of April 2019. Utah has a pending waiver proposal at CMS that calls for a partial expansion of Medicaid, although federal approval was doubtful. But the ballot initiative calls for full Medicaid expansion, so coverage will be available to people earning up to 138% of the poverty level. […]

  • Nebraska and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-07 at 14:19Voters in Nebraska approved a ballot initiative in the 2018 election that calls for Medicaid expansion. 90,000 people in Nebraska will become newly eligible for Medicaid coverage, and the state must submit an expansion plan to the federal government by April 2019. […]

  • Montana and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-07 at 14:14On November 2, 2015, CMS approved Montana’s Medicaid expansion waiver. Enrollment became available immediately, for coverage effective January 1, 2016. Enrollment had grown to nearly 92,000 by early 2018, but Medicaid expansion will sunset in mid-2019 unless it’s reauthorized by the legislature. Proponents are gathering signatures to get a measure on the 2018 ballot that would raise tobacco taxes […]

  • Idaho and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-07 at 14:09By a wide margin, Idaho voters have approved a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid. The state has 90 days to submit an expansion plan to the federal government, and must act to expand coverage “as soon as practicable.” […]


Health Insurance Roundup, November 7, 2018

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  • Wisconsin health insurance
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-05 at 18:31A brief guide to healthcare and health insurance in Wisconsin for current and future residents of the Badger state, including free health insurance quotes […]

  • Yes. Not having health insurance can kill you.
    by Steve Anderson on 2018-11-03 at 13:06The current ongoing line of false reassurances has to do with health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Many Republicans are on the campaign trail right now claiming that they’ve been protecting folks with pre-existing conditions all along. And these would be the same people who voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017. […]

  • The healthcare miracle that this election could ratify
    by Steve Anderson on 2018-11-02 at 20:33If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, Republicans will lose power to redesign or defund the ACA. That’s one of the many existential choices facing Americans on November 6. […]

  • Wisconsin and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-02 at 17:51Although Wisconsin has not expanded Medicaid under the guidelines laid out in the ACA, the state’s Badger Care Medicaid program does cover all legally present residents with incomes under the poverty level. Wisconsin is the only non-Medicaid-expansion state that does not have a coverage gap; all low-income residents either have access to Medicaid or subsidies to help them purchase private […]

  • Virginia and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
    by Louise Norris on 2018-11-02 at 13:30Virginia will expand Medicaid as of January 2019, making coverage newly available to 400,000 people. The state is also planning to impose a Medicaid work requirement (which was instrumental in getting enough GOP support for expansion in the legislature), but it’s likely to be implemented well after expansion takes effect. […]


Health Insurance Roundup, November 6, 2018

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  • Yes. Not having health insurance can kill you.

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-11-03 at 13:06The current ongoing line of false reassurances has to do with health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Many Republicans are on the campaign trail right now claiming that they’ve been protecting folks with pre-existing conditions all along. And these would be the same people who voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017. […]

  • The healthcare miracle that this election could ratify

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-11-02 at 20:33If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, Republicans will lose power to redesign or defund the ACA. That’s one of the many existential choices facing Americans on November 6. […]

  • Wisconsin and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-02 at 17:51Although Wisconsin has not expanded Medicaid under the guidelines laid out in the ACA, the state’s Badger Care Medicaid program does cover all legally present residents with incomes under the poverty level. Wisconsin is the only non-Medicaid-expansion state that does not have a coverage gap; all low-income residents either have access to Medicaid or subsidies to help them purchase private […]

  • Virginia and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

    by Louise Norris on 2018-11-02 at 13:30Virginia will expand Medicaid as of January 2019, making coverage newly available to 400,000 people. The state is also planning to impose a Medicaid work requirement (which was instrumental in getting enough GOP support for expansion in the legislature), but it’s likely to be implemented well after expansion takes effect. […]

  • Illinois health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Louise Norris on 2018-11-01 at 06:13Humana exited the Illinois exchange at the end of 2017, but four insurers are offering coverage for 2018. And for 2019, Gundersen/Quartz is joining the exchange in the Rockford area. Average rate increases are modest for 2019, and rates are decreasing in some areas. […]

     


Health Insurance Roundup, November 5, 2018

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  • Jim Newberger-Rep

    on 2018-11-05 at 08:04… Obamacare. We must have a health insurance market that offers multiple choices … to take away everyone’s health insurance and force us all into […]

  • BUPA treats unclaimed ‘extras’ policy wastage with APIs

    on 2018-11-05 at 08:03Health insurer BUPA has taken the … legacy systems across our acquired health insurance businesses,” Park said. “We … system that powers our health insurance business through a suite … customer pain points from a health insurance perspective is navigating an […]

  • Qamp;A with Reed, Mitrano

    on 2018-11-05 at 07:09… solutions to stabilize our health insurance markets and provide … this district still lack health insurance, including 8,000 children … . Even families with health insurance sometimes struggle to pay … disruption to people’s health insurance and without requiring […]

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  • Yes. Not having health insurance can kill you.

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-11-03 at 13:06The current ongoing line of false reassurances has to do with health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Many Republicans are on the campaign trail right now claiming that they’ve been protecting folks with pre-existing conditions all along. And these would be the same people who voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017. […]

  • The healthcare miracle that this election could ratify

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-11-02 at 20:33If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, Republicans will lose power to redesign or defund the ACA. That’s one of the many existential choices facing Americans on November 6. […]

  • Wisconsin and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-11-02 at 17:51Although Wisconsin has not expanded Medicaid under the guidelines laid out in the ACA, the state’s Badger Care Medicaid program does cover all legally present residents with incomes under the poverty level. Wisconsin is the only non-Medicaid-expansion state that does not have a coverage gap; all low-income residents either have access to Medicaid or subsidies to help them purchase private […]

  • Virginia and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

    by Louise Norris on 2018-11-02 at 13:30Virginia will expand Medicaid as of January 2019, making coverage newly available to 400,000 people. The state is also planning to impose a Medicaid work requirement (which was instrumental in getting enough GOP support for expansion in the legislature), but it’s likely to be implemented well after expansion takes effect. […]

  • Illinois health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Louise Norris on 2018-11-01 at 06:13Humana exited the Illinois exchange at the end of 2017, but four insurers are offering coverage for 2018. And for 2019, Gundersen/Quartz is joining the exchange in the Rockford area. Average rate increases are modest for 2019, and rates are decreasing in some areas. […]


Health Insurance Roundup, November 2, 2018

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  • Illinois health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Louise Norris on 2018-11-01 at 06:13Humana exited the Illinois exchange at the end of 2017, but four insurers are offering coverage for 2018. And for 2019, Gundersen/Quartz is joining the exchange in the Rockford area. Average rate increases are modest for 2019, and rates are decreasing in some areas. […]

  • Montana health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-10-31 at 14:01Montana is one of very few states where no insurers left the exchange at the end of 2016 or 2017, and all three insurers intend to continue to offer plans in 2019 as well. If federal funding for CSR had continued, Montana’s average rate increases for 2018 would have been in the single digits. For 2019, the average rate increase is about 5.7 percent. And Montana is considering a reinsurance […]

  • Short-term health insurance in the District of Columbia

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-10-31 at 05:10Because DC does not limit short-term plans, the Trump Administration’s new regulations will apply in the District. Insurers will be allowed to offer short-term plans with initial terms up to 364 days and the option to renew for a total duration of up to 36 months. […]

  • Short-term health insurance in Ohio

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-10-30 at 19:12In an FAQ about mental health parity, Ohio defines short-term health insurance plans as having a duration of not more than six months. We have not been able to locate that definition in Ohio insurance statutes, however. We’re following up with the Ohio Department of Insurance for clarification. […]

  • North Carolina health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Louise Norris on 2018-10-30 at 14:48Cigna joined the North Carolina exchange in the Raleigh/Durham area in 2017, and remained in the exchange for 2018. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is continuing to offer plans state-wide. For 2019 coverage, BCBSNC is reducing their rates, Cigna’s are staying virtually flat, and Ambetter is joining the exchange in Durham and Wake counties. […]

     


Health Insurance Roundup, November 1, 2018

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  • Montana health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-10-31 at 14:01Montana is one of very few states where no insurers left the exchange at the end of 2016 or 2017, and all three insurers intend to continue to offer plans in 2019 as well. If federal funding for CSR had continued, Montana’s average rate increases for 2018 would have been in the single digits. For 2019, the average rate increase is about 5.7 percent. And Montana is considering a reinsurance […]

  • Short-term health insurance in Ohio

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-10-30 at 19:12In an FAQ about mental health parity, Ohio defines short-term health insurance plans as having a duration of not more than six months. We have not been able to locate that definition in Ohio insurance statutes, however. We’re following up with the Ohio Department of Insurance for clarification. […]

  • North Carolina health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Louise Norris on 2018-10-30 at 14:48Cigna joined the North Carolina exchange in the Raleigh/Durham area in 2017, and remained in the exchange for 2018. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is continuing to offer plans state-wide. For 2019 coverage, BCBSNC is reducing their rates, Cigna’s are staying virtually flat, and Ambetter is joining the exchange in Durham and Wake counties. […]

  • What’s in our 2019 Guide to Open Enrollment?

    by Steve Anderson on 2018-10-30 at 10:56Our updated Insider’s Guide to Obamacare’s Open Enrollment is packed with useful information for plan buyers, including: state exchange enrollment dates, tips for choosing a plan that fits your needs, tips for ‘pre-shopping’ health plans and more. […]

  • Oklahoma health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

    by Michael Rickard on 2018-10-29 at 15:28Oklahoma uses the federally facilitated exchange, which means enrollees use HealthCare.gov. In 2017 and 2018, Oklahoma has had just a single insurer — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma — offering plans. But for 2019, Medica is offering plans statewide. And BCBSOK is reducing their premiums by an average of 2 percent for 2019, but subsidy-eligible enrollees in some parts of the state […]