Insurers warn losses from ObamaCare are unsustainable

The Hill By Peter Sullivan 04/15/16 06:00 AM EDT Health insurance companies are amplifying their warnings about the financial sustainability of the ObamaCare marketplaces as they seek approval for premium increases next year. Insurers say they are losing money on their ObamaCare plans at a rapid rate, and some have begun to talk about dropping… Read More

The 8 Obamacare Co-Ops Most Likely To Fail This Year

THE DAILY CALLER By Richard Pollack 10:15 PM 04/10/2016 Eight of the 11 remaining Obamacare health insurance co-ops appear likely to fail this year, according to an analysis of financial documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Twelve of the original 23 federally-financed co-ops have already collapsed. The co-op program was funded with $2.5… Read More

Donald Trump’s Health Care Ideas Bewilder Republican Experts

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN APRIL 8, 2016 WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump calls for “a full repeal of Obamacare” but says that “everybody’s got to be covered.” Initially, he liked “the mandate,” a central feature of the Affordable Care Act that requires most Americans to have insurance or pay… Read More

Despite Fears, Affordable Care Act Has Not Uprooted Employer Coverage

THE NEW YORK TIMES By REED ABELSON APRIL 4, 2016 The Affordable Care Act was aimed mainly at giving people better options for buying health insurance on their own. There were widespread predictions that employers would leap at the chance to drop coverage and send workers to fend for themselves. But those predictions were largely… Read More

Affordable Care Act Enrollee Spending Is Increasing

In response, some insurers have raised their rates or tweaked their approaches this year THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Anna Wilde Mathews March 30, 2016 12:01 People who enrolled in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act generated higher medical spending in the law’s second year than in the first, according to a new analysis… Read More

Newest Policyholders Under Health Law Are Sicker and Costlier to Insurers

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEARMARCH 30, 2016 WASHINGTON — People newly insured under the Affordable Care Act were sicker, used more medical care and had higher medical costs than those who already had coverage, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association said Tuesday in a new study of its policyholders. Because insurers’ premiums… Read More

ObamaCare official: Troubled co-op should have been closed sooner

THE HILL By Peter Sullivan 03/10/16 12:42 PM EST A top ObamaCare official acknowledged Thursday that a troubled nonprofit “co-op” insurer set up under the health law should have been shut down sooner. The co-op, called CoOportunity, operated in Iowa and Nebraska and was shut down by regulators in January 2015 because of financial problems…. Read More

U.S. Prescription Drug Spending Is on the Rise

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By STEPHANIE ARMOUR March 8, 2016 4:00 p.m. ET Prescription drug spending in the U.S. is rising and is projected to continue to climb faster than overall health spending, federal officials said Tuesday. Drug spending rose an estimated sharp 12.6% in 2014 after years of unusually slow growth—it rose about 2%… Read More

N.J. lawmakers: Did Horizon stigmatize some hospitals?

NJ.Com By Susan K. Livio March 08, 2016 at 7:20 AM, updated March 09, 2016 at 2:28 AM TRENTON — Can a hospital labeled “tier 2” be first-rate? That’s the basic question driving the legal battles over the OMNIA insurance plans Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey began offering in January. It also… Read More

Health Law Insurance Plans to be Rated by Network Size

THE NEW YORK TIMES By Robert Pear March 6, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, responding to consumer complaints, says it will begin rating health insurance plans based on how many doctors and hospitals they include in their networks. At the same time, the maximum out-of-pocket costs for consumers under the Affordable Care Act will… Read More