Automatic Plan Renewal on the Exchanges Could Cause Some New Problems

By: Monday July 28, 2014 8:43 am

The Affordable Care Act exchanges will allow people to automatically renew the policy they selected last year but the complexity of how affordability tax credits are calculated means that could cause new problems for people. From the AP: Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to [...]

Under Obamacare, the Hen House Guards Morph Into Foxes

By: Friday July 25, 2014 10:23 am

It looks like the new state-based exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act are powering the next spin of the Revolving Door. We are not even a full year into implementation and already the head of Colorado’s insurance exchange is moving on to more lucrative pastures on the other side. From┬áThe Denver Post: The state [...]

How Public Feels About Obamacare Next Year Will Be More Important Than Halbig Decision

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 11:26 am

I’m fairly confident this partial decision by the D.C. Circuit on Halbig v. Burwell will not stand. It is obviously absurd from a legal perspective, which is why other courts have ruled against the idea. But if by some miracle the opponents of the Affordable Care Act do ultimately prevail there is a real question [...]

D.C. Circuit Reaches Absurd Conclusion Against Obamacare Subsidies

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 8:22 am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a 2-1 partial decision have reached jaw dropping, absurd conclusion that would potentially take away the Affordable Care Act’s insurance subsidies from people in over half the country.

Consumer Protection Whac-A-Mole With the Private Insurance Companies

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:15 am

While the Affordable Care Act banned some of worst practices of the private insurance companies, it didn’t stop these companies from finding new ways to screw you over.

Should the Health Care Exchanges Just Automatically Assign Everyone a Plan?

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:51 am

The more I read about how regular people interact with the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, the more convinced I’ve become that most people probably aren’t making the optimal decision. Whether it is surveys showing a majority of people said it was difficult to compare plans, assessments showing very few [...]

People Needed a Lot of Help Using the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 9:47 am

Remember when President Obama repeatedly promised that using the Affordable Care Act exchanges would be as easy as buying stuff on Amazon or Kayak? Well it didn’t quite work out that way. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly 10.6 million people sought help using the new law via one of several thousand Assister Programs [...]

The Massive Gap Between What Young People Wanted From Health Care Reform and What They Got

By: Friday July 11, 2014 11:36 am

One set of numbers about health care reform from the Reason-Rupe Millennials poll really stood out to me. It found voters 18-29 overwhelmingly believe the government has the responsibility to guarantee every citizen has health insurance. The poll found 69 percent share this opinion, but only 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable [...]

Report Finds There Are 9.5 Million Fewer Uninsured Adults

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 7:28 am

The Affordable Care Act was designed to increase the number of people who have health insurance and that is happening. Now that many of the major provisions have been implemented for several months, a new Commonwealth Fund report looks at the impact. The major finding is that the percentage of people age 19-64 who say [...]

New Poll Looks at Winners and Losers on the ACA Exchanges

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 10:26 am

One of the biggest findings of the poll is that a majority (57%) of people getting coverage on the exchanges say they were previously uninsured. As intended, the law resulted in more people buying coverage.

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