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Insurers Prepare For 2014 When Major Health Law Provisions Kick In

And Medpage Today reports on how the changing marketplace will impact young healthy workers, who could face higher premiums, and those working part-time who may be newly eligible for workplace coverage.

The New York Times: Health Insurance Companies Get In Shape For 2014
Since Patrick J. Geraghty arrived here a year and a half ago to lead the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, he has expanded its operations in Medicare and Medicaid, entered arrangements with hospitals and doctors, bought a medical group, and dabbled with a new private sector marketplace that allows employees to choose plans from different insurance companies (Abelson, 2/5).

Medpage Today: 'Sticker Shock' Ahead On Health Insurance
Separate surveys released this week give dramatically different outlooks for two groups of people under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the young, healthy worker and the part-time worker. Premiums for a healthy, nonsmoking, 27-year-old in a "bronze" -- or relatively inexpensive -- small-group or individual policy would increase on average by 169 percent in five markets in 2014, a survey of major health insurers by the conservative American Action Forum (AAF) found. Meanwhile, premiums for an unhealthy, 55-year-old smoker in a more generous gold-rated policy would decrease by 22 percent, on average, in those same five markets in 2014 (Pittman, 2/5).

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