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PA DOI Holds Public Hearing on Health Insurance Rate Requests
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller held a public informational hearing on July 27 in Harrisburg to address proposed rate requests for 2017 ...
PA ACA Rates to Increase 32 Percent Before Subsidies
For residents in Pennsylvania, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rate increase will average about 32 percent in 2017, although very few will actually pay that ...
New Hampshire to See Smallest ACA Increase of 2 Percent
New Hampshire will see the smallest percentage increase in average premiums in 2017, among all 38 states using the federal HealthCare.gov marketplace....
Congress Races to Stabilize Health Market
A bipartisan group of Senate and House members hopes to stabilize the individual insurance market by attaching a package of fixes to a temporary spending bill, ...
CBO: Bill to Shore Up ACA Reduces Premiums
Preliminary estimates from the Congressional Budget Office suggest that an updated bill to strengthen Affordable Care Act markets would reduce premiums by 10 ...
Final HHS Rules Give States Wide Latitude on Agents and Brokers in Exchanges
Final health insurance exchange regulations released by the Obama administration give states wide latitude in carving out a role for agents and brokers
Missouri Agents File Amicus Brief to Lift Injunction Against Navigator Law
The PIA-affiliated Missouri Association of Insurance Agents has filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit...
Insurers Gave $1.5 Billion in Rebates Under ACA MLR Provision
A new report from the Commonwealth Fund reveals that insurance companies returned more than $1.5 billion in rebates to consumers between 2011 and 2012 under ...
CMS Reminds Agents and Brokers of Marketplace Registration for 2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reminds agents and brokers that registration for the 2015 plan year in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace ...
Healthcare Watch: What If There’s a Partial Supreme Court Decision?
When the U.S. Supreme Court rules on challenges to the federal healthcare law, most legal experts are hoping it will give a clear thumbs up or down
Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Change UnitedHealth Plans
The UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, has announced that it planned to continue offering some of the popular consumer ...
Supreme Court Healthcare Decision Imminent
The U.S. Supreme Court may be about to issue its much-anticipated decision regarding the federal healthcare law that has come to be known as “Obamacare”
Bill Calls for Health ‘Navigators’ to Be Licensed
Georgia lawmakers are calling for health insurance navigators, who will help uninsured state residents and businesses use the federally-operated online health ...
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HHS Issues Essential Health Benefits Standards
The Obama administration last week issued its long-awaited final rule on what states and insurers must do to provide the essential health benefits required in ...
Key Part of Affordable Care Act Postponed One Year
The employees in Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchange plans may not get as many carrier choices as expected when the exchange system starts up ...
California Commissioner Warns of “Immense Consumer Fraud” by Navigators
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said he was “just shocked that groups that represent the consumer interest summarily dismiss what I think is a ...
Healthcare Law Will Raise Some Premiums, Study Says
A new study by the consulting firm Milliman, commissioned by the State of California, indicates that individual insurance premiums will increase under the ...
Opposition to HHS Rule on Agents in MLR Grows
Grassroots opposition is building around the country to federal action that threatens the ability of agents and brokers to continue selling health insurance
CMS Exempts U.S. Territories From ACA Market Reforms
An exemption issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will allow U.S. territories to stop adhering to market-reform rules in the Affordable Care ...
PIA Legal Analysis: Conflicting ACA District Court Rulings
On July 22, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, located in Richmond, Virginia, and a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of ...
Congressman Says People Are “Foolish” to Go to a Website for Health Insurance
Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) says its “foolish” to think that one could choose a health insurance plan through a website...
Free ACA Webinar for PIA Members
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be conducting an Affordable Care Act webinar for PIA members that wish to participate in a ...
ACA Penalty for Non-Insurance Under Fire
The Trump administration has reportedly prepared an executive order to no longer collect tax penalties from people who fail to have health coverage during the ...
Connecticut Requires Broker Commissions
The board of directors for Access Health CT— a quasi-public agency that provides Connecticut residents with a health care coverage marketplace under the ...
NAIC Warns Congress Against Insurance Sales Across State Lines
In a letter to four U.S. House leaders, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) emphasized the importance of caution as lawmakers craft a ...
The Search for ‘Replace’ Continues
A key House panel will examine four bills Feb. 2 meant to keep health insurance markets stable ahead of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. ...
North Carolina Wins Delay in MLR, PIA National Comments
Federal regulators last week allowed North Carolina insurers a one-year delay in meeting a benchmark requiring that more of each health insurance premium ...
Regulators Urge Broader Health Networks
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is recommending new standards to address consumer complaints about limited healthcare provider networks in ...