California Healthline: Insurers: Early Pool of ACA Exchange Applicants Older Than Expected

A little more than one month after the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges opened for enrollment, insurers are reporting that the pool of applicants for coverage in the marketplaces is older than expected, raising concerns about the potential effect on premiums, the Wall Street Journal reports (Weaver/Martin, Wall Street Journal, 11/4). HHS has said it hopes that at … Continue reading

California Healthline: Covered California Might Delay Full Functionality of Enrollment

On Wednesday, a California health insurance exchange official told participating insurers that Covered California might delay full functionality of online enrollment when the marketplace launches on Oct. 1, the Wall Street Journal reports (Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal, 8/22). Background on Exchange The exchange primarily will serve individuals and small businesses. Supporters hope that the exchange will function … Continue reading

California Healthline: Questions, Concerns Greet Exchange Leaders at S.F. Town Hall Meeting

by Angela Hart, California Healthline Contributing Reporter Wednesday, August 14, 2013   With an Oct. 1 deadline looming, Covered California officials have launched a public outreach and awareness campaign to help spread the word and answer questions about coverage through the state’s new health insurance exchange. Dozens of outreach events are planned throughout the state … Continue reading

California Healthline: Federally Run Insurance Exchanges Likely To See Lower Premiums

Some health policy analysts are predicting that 2014 premium rates for individual-market health plans offered through federally run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act could be lower than expected, similar to those announced in some state-operated exchanges, Modern Healthcare reports (Block, Modern Healthcare, 7/25). Last week, Obama touted a new HHS report that found the lowest cost plan in the … Continue reading

NY Times: Choice of Health Plans to Vary Sharply From State to State

By REED ABELSON Published: June 16, 2013 When a typical 40-year-old uninsured woman in Maine goes to the new state exchange to buy health insurance this fall, she may have just two companies to choose from: the one that already sells most individual policies in the state, and a complete unknown — a nonprofit start-up. Her … Continue reading

California Healthline: CMS Issues Proposed Rule Outlining Insurance Exchange Guidelines

On Friday, CMS issued a proposed rule that outlined a series of guidelines for the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act that would clarify oversight of premium assistance programs and provide other technical details, Modern Healthcare reports (Daly, Modern Healthcare, 6/14). Background CMS in a press release and fact sheet said the proposal provides “program integrity” guidelines for the online marketplaces and … Continue reading

California Healthline: Six Exchange Plans Offer Coverage Through Public Health Care Programs

Nearly half of the health plans participating in the state health insurance exchange have experience offering health plans through Medi-Cal and county plans and thus might be appealing to lower-income individuals seeking coverage through the new marketplace, Payers & Providers reports (Shinkman, Payers& Providers, 5/30). Background The exchange — named Covered California — primarily will serve individuals and … Continue reading

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