A new Urban Institute report, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examined marketplace competition and insurance premiums across 10 states in the first year of the Affordable Care Act. The findings state that the premiums are contingent largely on provider and insurer markets, and are higher in less competitive states.
New Health Affairs study reports that health care spending will outpace GDP again this year, but average rate of spending growth through 2023 is expected to be slower than experienced during 1990–2008.
August 28, 2014
Pennsylvania and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have finalized a waiver to allow the state to use federal funds to buy private health insurance for low-income residents. The agreement represents an alternative to a traditional Medicaid expansion as outlined in the Affordable Care Act.
August 26, 2014
Kevin Counihan will be the new marketplace CEO at the Department of Health and Human Services, placing him at the helm of healthcare.gov, the website that many states use to sell insurance through marketplaces. The HHS announcement indicates that Counihan will be responsible for “leading the federal marketplace, managing relationships with state marketplaces, and running the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which regulates health insurance at the federal level.”
August 20, 2014Read More
Nearly 70 percent of California voters say they plan to support Proposition 45, a ballot initiative that would authorize the state’s insurance commissioner to stop health insurance rate hikes, according to a Field Research Corp. poll.