A.C.A. drove down personal bankruptcy: Consumer Reports

Summary: “As legislators and the executive branch renew their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, they might want to keep in mind a little-known financial consequence of the ACA: Since its adoption, far fewer Americans have taken the extreme step of filing for personal bankruptcy,” Allen St. John writes over […]

Get health insurance via employer? ACA repeal will affect you, too

Summary: “Much of the recent attention on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has focused on the fate of the 22.5 million people likely to lose insurance through a repeal of Medicaid expansion and the loss of protections and subsidies in the individual insurance market,” JoAnn Volk writes over at Health Affairs (Related […]

Private health insurance exchanges: New and old players selling online

Private health insurance exchanges: New and old players selling online

SUMMARY: If you’re a health insurance broker, you’re probably hearing the sound of thundering feet. More and  more competitors are coming to the marketplace, both online and off. And what’s the deal with all those places selling insurance online that are not healthcare.gov.?    

Insurers Cut Doctors’ Fees in New Plans, Wall Street Journal reports

SUMMARY: Doctors and other providers will get paid less if they stay in new exchange insurance plans, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. “Insurers are slashing payments to medical practices in many of the plans they sell through the new health-law marketplaces—sparking worries that Americans signing up for coverage will have fewer doctors […]

Blaming everything on Obamacare

Over on Twitchy.com, the anti-Obamacare forces have collected a number of reports from people saying they’re losing the health insurance plans they love because of Obamacare. We’re not taking sides over here at clearhealthcosts.com. Our primary issue is transparency: We think people should be able to know what stuff costs. In this case, we are […]

O.K., health costs may not be going up so fast, but they’re still going up

  Costs continue to rise, even if the rise has moderated somewhat. Health insurance premium increases of 20 percent for next year are not unheard-of, and somehow everyone wants to blame the Affordable Care Act — except for Uwe Reinhardt, the health  economist, who reported this week on a new Kaiser Family Foundation study. Shockingly, […]