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Consumers Discovering Agents, Brokers Can Help With Health Insurance
People in Pennsylvania are discovering that there’s more than one way to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition to ...
Sen. Cassidy Lays Out His ACA Plan
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana recently laid out his proposed Affordable Care Act replacement bill in an address to a Capitol Hill conference of the ...
Fewer Americans Delaying Needed Medical Care
A new Commonwealth Fund survey reveals a significant drop in the number of Americans who delayed necessary medical care last year...
ACA Enrollment Tops 9.5 Million for 2015
On Jan. 27, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that more than 9.5 million people have applied for 2015 health insurance coverage ...
Update on Shop Marketplaces for Small Businesses
The Small Business Health Options Program Marketplaces, established under the Affordable Care Act, offer small employers a choice of high-quality health and ...
Health Insurers Want Anti-Fraud Activities Exempted From MLR
Health insurance executives who met at the White House last week to mark their contributions to fighting fraud told the Obama administration that the cost of ...
Oklahoma Commissioner Blasts Use of “Navigators” Instead of Agents and Brokers
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak has issued a sharp criticism of the use of unlicensed “navigators” to assist health insurance consumers under the ...
NAIC Holds Health Meeting in DC This Week
Days before the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on health care, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) will hold a meeting to ...
Some States Take a ‘Wait-and-See’ Approach on Exchanges
Although some observers believe the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearings indicate that the federal healthcare law has a good chance of being overturned, some ...
NAIC Forms New Group for States That Don’t Like ‘Obamacare’
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has formed a new working group comprised of state insurance commissioners in the many states that ...
HHS Releases Final Exchange Blueprint with Navigator Provisions
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its final blueprint for states creating state-based or partnership health insurance ...
Proposed HHS Rule Would Equalize Commissions Inside and Outside Exchanges
The Department of Health and Human Services recently released a proposed rule that, if approved, would require carriers to pay brokers the same compensation ...
Six States Get Approval for Health Exchanges, Three More Opt Out
Six states have received approval to operate health insurance exchanges from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...
House Chairs Ask HHS About Potential Privacy Violations by Navigators
Reps. Charles Boustany (R-La.) and Kevin Brady (R-Texas) have sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking a series of ...
ACA Enrollment Drops to 11.1 Million
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported that enrollment in Affordable Care Act health plans fell from 12.7 million...
Medical Evacuation Services Begin to Decline Ebola Cases
Leading companies offering medical evacuation services are drawing a line at flying Ebola patients out of West Africa for treatment abroad, as the cost and ...
Employers Maneuver to Avoid 40% Obamacare "Cadillac Tax"
Under the Affordable Care Act, a 40% excise tax, starting in 2018, will be assessed on group health care premiums that exceed $10,200 for single coverage and ...
Governors Plan Active Role in ACA Rewrite
State leaders are positioning themselves to have a key voice in a potential rewrite of Obamacare next year. A spokesman for the National Governors Association ...
NY Lawmaker Seeks Interest for Late Health Broker Commission Payments
New York State Sen. James Seward (R) has introduced legislation in the New York State Assembly that would require health insurers to add interest when they are ...
PIA Issue Paper: Role of Navigators in the Health Care System
A new paper, “Role of Navigators the Health Care System” has been issued by the PIA National Government Affairs Committee (GAC)
Minnesota Insurance Exchange Survey Finds Broad Support for Agents
When the state of Minnesota hired a firm to survey residents’ attitudes about health insurance, it found that people really like their health insurance agents
Health Law Will Increase Costs for Most Small Businesses
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary estimates that 65 percent of small businesses will see premiums rise under the federal ...
New Health Exchanges Reach 5 Million Enrollees
On March 17, the Obama administration reported that five million people had enrolled in private health insurance through the exchanges as of this past weekend, ...
Supreme Court Decision on ACA Subsidies Imminent
A decision is expected to be announced in the next few days on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that could deal a blow to one of President Obama's ...
PIA Advocates for Key Fixes to ACA Following Decision
Immediately after the Supreme Court's decision upholding subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, PIA advocated for two key fixes to the healthcare law...
Regulators, Actuaries React to ACA Decision
Insurers and regulators nationwide expressed relief that the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell upheld the Affordable Care Act's premium ...
New York Goes Full Speed Ahead with Health Exchange
After nearly a year of asking the New York Legislature to establish a health insurance exchange, and the Republican majority blocking legislation that would, ...
ACA Insurers Struggle for Stability
Over the coming few weeks, health insurers will start to declare whether they will participate in Affordable Care Act (markets. Colorado Insurance Commissioner ...
HealthCare.gov Users Must Reset Passwords Due to Heartbleed Bug
Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama’s health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to ...
More Health Plans May Compete on ACA Exchanges in 2015
With the initial enrollment period for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act now over, there are reports of new interest by some insurers in ...