HHS Pushes States To Work To Keep Health Exchange Plans Affordable
The Department of Health and Human Services is, behind the scenes, encouraging states to negotiate lower rates on these plans. Meanwhile, The Hill reports that small business owners are lobbying this week to roll back a specific health Obamacare rule.
Kaiser Health News:
HHS Pushes States To Negotiate Lower Obamacare Rates
Some analysts who have looked at health insurers’ proposed premiums for next year predict major increases for policies sold on state and federal health exchanges. Others say it’s too soon to tell. One thing is clear: There’s a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep plans affordable for consumers. Now the Obama administration is weighing in, asking state insurance regulators to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them. Under the Affordable Care Act, state agencies largely retain the right to regulate premiums in their states. So far only a handful have finalized premiums for the coming year, for which enrollment begins in November. (Rovner, 7/22)
Small Business Owners Swarm DC To Oppose Obamacare Fines
Small-business owners are descending on Washington this week to lobby Congress to roll back an ObamaCare rule that could hit companies with thousands of dollars’ worth of penalties. About 150 small-business owners, organized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), will head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to make the case to members from their states on legislation that would change the rule. (Sullivan, 7/23)