Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers making money on the ACA: Axios

Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers making money on the ACA: Axios

“We reported earlier this month that the large publicly traded health insurance companies have reaped enormous profits so far in 2017. But the not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans — the ones that have been the linchpins of the volatile Affordable Care Act marketplaces — have been doing a lot better than last year, too,” […]

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 […]

A.C.A. repeal without replacement could spur insurer exodus

Summary: “The incoming Donald Trump administration and Republicans in Congress reportedly are rushing to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act within days of taking office, with a possible delay of a year or two while they craft a replacement package,” Harris Meyer writes over at Modern Healthcare. “They’re also discussing quick administrative moves to unravel the […]

I read 7 Republican Obamacare replacement plans. Here’s what I learned: Sarah Kliff, Vox

Filed Under: Costs

Summary: “If there’s one thing Republicans have been clear about for the past six years, it is that the top of their agenda includes repealing Obamacare,” writes Sarah Kliff over at Vox. “But Obamacare repeal would leave an estimated 22 million Americans without coverage and wreak havoc on the individual insurance market. It’s becoming increasingly […]

What Obamacare’s Successes Tell About Its Failures: HuffPo

Summary: “It’s come to be known as Obamacare. Sometimes it seems more like O-drama-care. Nearly a decade has passed since Democrats first began promoting the initiative that eventually became the Affordable Care Act. And at no point has their effort to reform America’s dysfunctional health care system gone easily,” Jonathan Cohn writes over at The […]

Are insurance companies playing hard to get with Obamacare?

Summary: “We’ve been hearing stories about problems with the ACA (Obamacare) insurance exchanges lately,” Dr. David Belk writes over at The Huffington Post, in a piece that should be read with the words “narrow network” in mind. “Now patients are buying the insurance, only to find that doctors refuse to see them. Why should these […]

Obamacare’s sinking safety net: Politico reports

Summary: “If you’re looking to find a smashing Obamacare success story—a place where the nation’s biggest and most controversial new law in a generation has truly lived up to its promise—you might stick a pin directly in North Carolina,” writes Paul Demko at Politico in an examination of the state of play for the ACA. […]

‘Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare’: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform

Summary: “Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times, looking at the A.C.A. landscape. “They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule […]

Hospitals struggle to get patients to pay debts: Bloomberg Business

Filed Under: Costs, Providers

Summary: “A type of pain that hospitals thought they had relieved has come back with a vengeance: it’s called bad debt. Hospitals have long struggled to collect bills when patients aren’t covered by insurance — creating delinquent accounts,” John Lauerman writes over at Bloomberg Business. “The Affordable Care Act was supposed to relieve some of that […]

My co-op insurer’s being shut down. What should I do?

Summary: So my insurance co-op is closing, leaving me suddenly uninsured or nearly so. What should I do? I get my health insurance through Health Republic Insurance of New York.  I am not a licensed insurance broker, and I do not want to give anybody any advice about what they should do, but I’ll talk […]