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  • Colorado health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange July 15, 2018 11:18 am
    Colorado has a state-run exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. Lawmakers in Colorado again rejected a bill to provide state-based premium subsidies to some enrollees, and a bill that would have created a state-based reinsurance program. But the state will consider the possibility of expanding access to catastrophic plans. And for 2019, the proposed average rate increase is under 6 percent.
    Louise Norris
  • Health Wonk Review for July 11, 2018 July 12, 2018 4:24 pm
    Summer's here and the time is right for dancing .... uh ... I mean for another edition of Health Wonk Review. Peggy Salvatore, blogger in chief over at HealthSystemEd, has the latest edition and has dubbed it Summer's Coming Around Again.
    Steve Anderson
  • Idaho health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange July 10, 2018 12:15 pm
    Idaho's exchange has four insurers offering coverage in 2018, and all counties have at least three insurers offering plans. Approved rate hikes for 2018 were steep — an average of 28 percent including off-exchange plans — but the bulk of that is on silver plans, due to the Trump Administration's decision to cut off funding for cost-sharing reductions. CMS has rejected Idaho's "state-based" plans as being non-compliant with the ACA, but is encouraging the state to pursue them as short-term plans instead.
    Michael Rickard
  • Should I let my 2018 coverage auto-renew? July 8, 2018 12:00 am
    You're already enrolled in an ACA-compliant health plan through your state's exchange. Should you simply sit back, relax and hold on to the plan that you diligently researched?
    Steve Anderson
  • Idaho and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion July 7, 2018 1:09 pm
    Idaho still has not expanded Medicaid, despite a proposal to do so that has been on the table since late 2014. Legislative efforts have failed, but Medicaid expansion advocates are taking the issue to the voters. Pending verification of the signatures that were gathered, Medicaid expansion will be on the 2018 ballot in Idaho.
    Michael Rickard
  • Can I preview premiums before open enrollment? July 7, 2018 6:05 am
    If you want to see rates and plan options before open enrollment starts, the information is "out there" – online, in-person, and by phone.
    Steve Anderson
  • How Obamacare improved mental health coverage July 5, 2018 8:43 pm
    Without the ACA, we'd still have 45 million people without health insurance, including a significant number of people with behavioral health problems. And health plans would still be able to deny applications based on medical history, and sell plans that didn't cover behavioral health treatment at all.
    Steve Anderson
  • Kentucky and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion July 3, 2018 10:51 am
    Medicaid expansion is a major reason for Kentucky's success in reducing its uninsured rate through the Affordable Care Act. Kentucky’s Medicaid enrollment increased by 111 percent from 2013 to March 2018. And according to US Census data, Kentucky's uninsured rate dropped 9.2 percentage points from 2013 to 2016, reaching a low of 5.1 percent. But Republican Governor, Matt Bevin, elected in late 2015, wants to make sweeping changes to the program that will cut costs but also much-needed benefits. HHS approved Kentucky's Medicaid work requirement, but a federal judge has rejected the waiver and sent it back to HHH for additional review.
    Louise Norris
  • How can I choose the best health plan for me? July 2, 2018 11:57 pm
    When it comes to selecting a health insurance plan, premium is the most important factor for many shoppers (and especially those who are currently healthy). But price shouldn't be the only factor upon which you base your selection – even if your primary concern is financial (as opposed to things like provider networks, drug formularies, and quality ratings).
    Steve Anderson
  • CO-OP health plans: patients’ interests first July 2, 2018 1:49 pm
    As of July 2017, only six of the original 23 CO-OPs were still operational. And just four of those intend to offer coverage for 2018. The other CO-OPs have failed for a variety of reasons, including premiums that were too low and the unexpected loss of federal funding that was retroactively eliminated.
    Michael Rickard
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