Obama Offers Ways to Improve His Health Care Law

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAR JULY 11, 2016 WASHINGTON — After defending the Affordable Care Act in all its intricacies for six years, President Obama proposed ways to improve it on Monday, saying that Congress should provide larger subsidies for private health insurance and create a public plan like Medicare to compete with… Read More

Republicans have a plan to replace Obamacare, and its costs are unclear

THE WASHINGTON POST By Mike DeBonis June 22 House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled their plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care-reform law — the first such proposal in the six years since the Affordable Care Act’s passage to carry the endorsement of House GOP leadership. The Republican plan discards the mandates and penalties that have… Read More

Antitrust Regulators Concerned About an Anthem-Cigna Merger

Officials said to be skeptical that health insurers can offer enough concessions to preserve competition By Liz Hoffman, Brent Kendall and Anna Wilde Mathews June 19, 2016 6:59 p.m. ET U.S. antitrust regulators have privately expressed concerns about Anthem Inc.’s $48 billion proposed acquisition of Cigna Corp., and are skeptical that the health insurers can… Read More

Proposal to Reduce Medicare Drug Payments Is Widely Criticized

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAR MAY 22, 2016 WASHINGTON — An Obama administration proposal to reduce Medicare payments for many prescription drugs has run into sharp bipartisan criticism, suggesting that it is easier to diagnose the problem of high prices than to solve it. Patients’ advocates have joined doctors and drug companies in… Read More

Judge Backs House Challenge to a Key Part of Health Law

THE NEW YORK TIMES By CARL HULSE MAY 12, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives won a significant victory over the Obama administration on Thursday when a Federal District Court judge in Washington ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to spend billions of dollars on… Read More

Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare

The growing pains of the health care act are frustrating patients. THE NEW YORK TIMES By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL MAY 14, 2016 AMY MOSES and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called… Read More

Get Ready for Higher Obamacare Rates Next Year

THE NEW YORK TIMES Margot Sanger-Katz MAY 6, 2016 It already looks clear that many Obamacare insurance plans are going to raise their prices significantly. Over the last few years, average premium increases in the Obamacare markets have been lower than the increases for people who bought their own insurance in premiums before the Affordable… Read More

UnitedHealth to Pull Back From Insurance Exchanges, Citing Losses

New York Times By REED ABELSON APRIL 19, 2016 The UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, told investors on Tuesday that it continued to lose hundreds of millions of dollars selling individual policies under the federal health care law. The company said it planned to pull out of a majority of states… Read More

UnitedHealth will drop out of most ACA exchanges

MODERN HEALTHCARE By Bob Herman April 19, 2016 UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen Hemsley said Tuesday the health insurance and services conglomerate will pull out of most of its Affordable Care Act marketplaces. But the company won’t bail on the exchanges completely and will sell individual plans in a “handful” of states. “We cannot broadly serve… Read More