UnitedHealth Says N.Y. Obamacare Plans Could Be in Trouble

Bloomberg Business Zachary Tracer January 6, 2016 — 12:48 PM EST UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, said its rates for Obamacare plans in New York may be too low because the failure of a competing insurer last year might lead to shortfalls in payments designed to stabilize Obamacare markets. In states like… Read More

How Overregulation Led to the Collapse of Obamacare's Largest Co-Op

THE DAILY SIGNAL Melissa Quinn, December 22, 2015 A new report examining the collapse of Health Republic of New York, Obamacare's largest co-op, said its failure—which may lead to a $265-million loss of taxpayer dollars—can be attributed in part to heightened regulatory control by the state. According to the analysis from the Albany, New York-based… Read More

Will other insurers ditch Obamacare?

THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER By Paige Winfield Cunningham 11/20/15 12:01 AM UnitedHealth Group’s threatened exit next year from Obamacare raises a dark question that could determine the future of President Obama’s healthcare law: Will other insurers follow suit? It would be a sharp ding to Obama’s signature healthcare law should the nation’s largest insurer decide to… Read More

UnitedHealth Lowers Forecast, Blaming Affordable Care Act

THE NEW YORK TIMES By Reed Abelson November 19, 2015 UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, stunned investors on Thursday morning when it significantly lowered its profit estimates, placing the blame for an expected loss of hundreds of millions of dollars on selling individual policies under the federal health care law…. Read More

Investigation Finds Errors in Coverage and Payments Under Affordable Care Act

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAROCT. 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — Federal investigators from the Government Accountability Office said Thursday that they had discovered many errors in eligibility decisions under the Affordable Care Act that had led the government to pay for duplicate coverage for some people and an excessive share of costs for others…. Read More

Budget Deal Tackles Disability, Halts Medicare Premium Increase

Agreement calls for lost revenue to be covered by a federal loan from Treasury general funds and paid back over time THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Stephanie Armour, Oct. 27, 2015 2:53 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—The budget deal hammered out between the White House and congressional leaders Monday would stave off an unprecedented increase in 2016… Read More

Health Care Co-op Closings Narrow Consumers' Choices

THE NEW YORK TIMES By REED ABELSON and ABBY GOODNOUGHOCT. 25, 2015 The grim announcements keep coming, picking up pace in recent weeks. Stories from Our Advertisers About a third, or eight, alternative health insurers created under President Obama's health care law to spur competition that might have made coverage less expensive for consumers are… Read More

Obama Administration Projects Slim Gain for Health-Law Enrollment in 2016

Federal officials set target of 10 million paid-up enrollees by end of 2016 THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Louise Radnofsky and Stephanie Armour Oct. 15, 2015 11:23 a.m. ET WASHINGTON—The Obama administration issued a surprisingly modest goal for 2016 coverage under the health law, in an acknowledgment that the law's reach may have extended almost… Read More

Medicare Rates Set to Soar

Congress so far has failed to find a way to stave off an unprecedented premium increase for millions of recipients in 2016 THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Stephanie Armour and Anne Tergesen Oct. 14, 2015 7:37 p.m. ET Congressional lawmakers so far have failed to agree on a way to stave off an unprecedented premium… Read More

Few Options for Seniors Facing a Jump in Medicare Premiums

One-third of Medicare recipients could see a 52% hike in Part B premiums in 2016 THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Anne Tergesen Updated Oct. 15, 2015 10:43 a.m. ET Unless Congress or the Obama administration intervenes, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries may see a 52% increase in 2016 premiums for Part B, which covers doctor… Read More