Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Are market leaders raising health insurance premiums?

That is the headline from an Avalere report. The top 5 Exchange plans in the state of Washington increased premiums between 6 and 12%. The Exchange plans with market share ranks of 6 or 7, on the other hand, had increases between 0-2% and the 8th place plans even cut rates by almost 7%. Is […]

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Is Health Exchange enrollment overstated?

Over 8 million people have signed up for a health plan through the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordabe Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).  Or have they?  Although policymakers may say that this is the truth, leaders at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), say that these figures may be overstated for two reasons:  Changing enrollment: In […]

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Explaining Geographic Variation in Exchange Enrollment

Why did state-based health insurance exchanges (HIEs) enroll more people than those that were federally run?  One reason of course is the problems with healthcare.gov.  However, there may be other reasons as well.  A RWJF report finds the following. This analysis reveals extreme differences in the amount of funding available to states to help consumers […]

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Problem solved?

As most people know, President Obama promised that everyone could keep their old insurance if they liked it. Although most people are able to keep their old insurance, some people certainly are not and the president has gotten major political heat for this.  Today, the Obama administration responded to the critics.  The Washington Post WonkBlog […]

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Health Insurance Premiums in the Exchange

In the health insurance exchange, premiums will rise significantly.  At least according to Robert Laszewski of Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review: One of the reasons health insurance in the exchange will cost a lot more in most states is because the new health law outlaws many of the existing plans now being offered and […]

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150% Rate Hike?

Robert Laszewski reports on the premium increases projected in Maryland’s health insurance exchange. …Maryland Blue Cross has filed for an average increase of 25% for individual coverage warning young people could pay as much as 150% more…

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Status of Health Insurance Exchanges in Your State

Which states have implemented the Health Insurance Exchanges included in the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Health Reform, a.k.a. ObamaCare)? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 16 States have already established a state exchange, 3 are planning for Partnership Exchange, 16 are Studying Options and 9 have had no significant activity on this front.  Most strikingly, […]

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