After UnitedHealth’s Exit, What’s Next For Health Exchanges?
News outlets break down how consumers might be affected by the insurer's decision to leave the health law marketplaces. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Mirror details how its state health exchange, Access Health CT, might take on a broader role in the future.
Orphaned By UnitedHealth? Here's What You Can Do
UnitedHealth Group (UNH) CEO Stephen Hemsley's announcement on Tuesday -- saying the insurance company would leave all but a handful of state health care exchanges by 2017 -- sparked plenty of the usual debate about the viability of the Affordable Care Act and whether insurers can make money in the exchanges. But for the 795,000 patients who pay for UnitedHealth coverage through an exchange, the most pressing question is, "What do I do now?" (Konrad, 4/21)
The Arizona Republic:
5 Things To Know About Affordable Care Act Marketplace In Arizona
UnitedHealthcare’s decision to leave the health-insurance marketplace in Arizona and most other states will limit choices for consumers. But the question in Arizona and elsewhere is whether their consumers will have robust choices for health plans. (Alltucker, 4/21)
The Connecticut Mirror:
In Fourth Year, Obamacare Exchange Eyes Broader Role
This fall, the exchange, Access Health CT, will begin its fourth year of selling private insurance plans to Connecticut residents, as well as enrolling people in Medicaid. But its leaders are eyeing a broader role, focused on not just getting people covered, but improving health. (Levin Becker, 4/22)
And The Fiscal Times looks ahead to 2017 premiums —
The Fiscal Times:
Get Ready For Huge Obamacare Premium Hikes In 2017
Amid rising drug and health care costs and roiling market dynamics, the spokesperson for the nation’s health insurers is predicting substantial increases next year in Obamacare premiums and related costs. (Pianin, 4/21)