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Health plan premiums will see average 3.6% increase for 2019, analysis finds

September 10, 2018


An analysis by Avalere Health and the Associated Press finds individual health plan premium rates will increase by an average of 3.6% across 47 states and Washington, D.C., for the 2019 coverage year when compared with 2018 premium rates.

CDC: Uninsured rate is holding steady, but more people are in high-deductible plans

August 31, 2018


New CDC data show about 28.3 million U.S. residents—or 8.8% of the population—were uninsured during the first three months of 2018, marking no "significant change" from the same period in 2017.

GAO: HHS did not properly manage ACA's last open enrollment period

August 27, 2018


Sens. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), as well as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), say the findings in a new Government Accountability Office report "should serve as a wakeup call to the Trump administration that it needs to change course when it comes to educating and notifying millions of Americans about their health care options for 2019."

Weekly Line: The 3 biggest changes Trump has made to the ACA—so far

August 24, 2018


President Trump came into office with a big goal: repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reform the U.S. health insurance market.

Inside Maryland's newly approved reinsurance program

August 23, 2018


Maryland officials estimate individual health plan premiums for the 2019 coverage year will be 30% lower because of the reinsurance program, which is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Trump admin gives states $8.6M in ACA funds to shore up insurance markets

August 21, 2018


CMS says it awarded 30 states and Washington, D.C., a total of $8.6 million that can be used to expand the number of available health plans, conduct economic analyses and assessments of their health insurance markets, and examine claims, plan policies, and procedures data related to individuals' access to mental health care and substance use disorder treatment services.

The 100 most influential people in health care, according to Modern Healthcare

August 20, 2018


Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" list, which was topped this year by President Trump, also recognizes dozens of hospital and health system executives, industry leaders, and more.

CMS approves NJ reinsurance program

August 20, 2018


New Jersey is now one of 14 states with CMS' approval to implement a reinsurance program to bolster their Affordable Care Act exchange markets.

CMS paid at least $434.4M in improper payments to exchange insurers in 2014, OIG estimates

August 17, 2018


HHS' OIG estimates that CMS in 2014 authorized a total of nearly $434.4 million in improper financial assistance payments for 461,127 exchange policies that did not meet federal requirements, as well as a total of nearly $504.9 million in potentially improper payments for 183,983 exchange policies.

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