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A key bill provision would likely lower premiums, but coverage would be skimpier with consumers left to figure out the trade-offs.
A little-noticed provision of the Senate GOP health plan would unwind an Affordable Care Act provision limiting insurer profits, administrative costs.
Although some people below the poverty level will now be able to qualify for premium subsidies, they may have trouble covering the out-of-pocket costs.
The latest Republican plan to revamp the health law reshapes how age and income affect what help consumers get for paying premiums.
Despite promises to craft their own way to revamp the federal health law, the Senate Republican bill follows the House’s lead in many ways.
The report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office evaluates last-minute changes made to the bill to help propel it to passage.
The Republican health plan would require insurers to offer coverage to people who have preexisting medical conditions. But if states opt to allow insurers to charge sick people more than healthy ones, people who have been more than 63 days without coverage could see significantly higher insurance costs.
The larger an area’s population, the more likely insurers will compete in that market, according to an Urban Institute analysis.
Health insurers must submit initial rates to California’s exchange on Monday, but confusion persists over core elements of the current health law.
In a letter to all governors, HHS Secretary Tom Price invited them to consider seeking federal help to set up reinsurance funds that would help cover losses that insurers have because of high numbers of sick patients.
The federal health law requires most insurance plans to offer 10 specific categories of essential benefits. Conservatives would like to get rid of that rule in the hopes of bringing down premium costs.
Exchange enrollees and insurers fret over a lawsuit that could end federal help with copays and deductibles.
As Republicans consider how to bring down costs for younger people, lawmakers may relax or eliminate the restrictions on how much more insurers can charge older consumers.
A record 6.4 million Americans signed up for plans through healthcare.gov in the first weeks of open enrollment – 400,000 more than last year at this time, federal officials say.
Consumers who feel they pay too much for skimpy coverage may welcome Donald Trump’s changes to the health law, but those who are sick are deeply worried.
Insurers charge that hospitals and other health providers are using third-party groups to help some low-income patients buy marketplace plans, which bring higher reimbursement rates.
PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff talks to Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and Reid Wilson of The Hill.
Consumers Union says Anthem Inc. and Blue Shield of California may be exploiting furor over prescription drug prices. State regulators are looking into the issue.
Two surveys suggest these companies continue to try new ways to control the expense of employees’ coverage.
We answer some key questions to help consumers make sense of the news about large premium increases in the state’s Obamacare exchange.