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Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Trends

CMS recently released two reports that shed some light on health insurance exchange enrollment trends and why shoppers leave exchange plans. 2017 Effectuated Enrollment Report Findings To get a precise count of enrollees, it’s more accurate to look at the number of people who have paid their premiums than it is to look at the number of…

15 Jun 17
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CBO Publishes AHCA Estimate

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released their much-anticipated cost estimate on H.R.1628, the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Together with the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the CBO estimated that the most current version of the AHCA bill would:

Aetna CEO Sparks Single-Payer Health Care Discussion

During a recent private meeting with shareholders, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini suggested Americans should start the discussion about single-payer insurance, but does it mean what we think it means? Leaked discussion reports him saying, “Single-payer, I think we should have that debate as a nation.” Why would the CEO of America’s fifth-largest private insurance company…

1 Jun 17
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CBO Estimate for House-Passed AHCA Expected Soon

UPDATE: The CBO published their estimate on May 24. Read the key takeaways here. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release a cost estimate on the newest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) next week. On May 4, The House voted 217-213 to approve the bill without a cost estimate. In…

16 May 17
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Molina Healthcare Ousts CEO, CFO

Citing poor financial results, Molina Healthcare has removed its top two executives, both sons of its former founder. Molina is one of the major publicly-traded insurers still active on the health care exchanges, with more than 1 million customers enrolled, according to the LA Times. The shake-up could mean one of two things for…

3 May 17
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HHS Cuts ACA Open Enrollment Period in Half

The Department of Health and Human Services amended a few Affordable Care Act rules in an effort to stabilize the current marketplace. Among the major changes is a shrinking of the annual open enrollment period and more strict requirements surrounding special enrollment periods. Open Enrollment The annual open enrollment period for 2018 will begin earlier, opening…

19 Apr 17
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2017 State of the Senior Market: In Review

Last Tuesday, I gave my annual State of the Senior Market address to 370 agents from across the country. You can watch a recording, but if you’d like a quick summary, read on for some of the highlights!

8 Mar 17
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Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

Federal Judge John Bates handed down his decision to block the Aetna-Humana merger Monday. He addressed the $37 billion-dollar merger in a 156-page ruling. “In this case, the government alleged that the merger of Aetna and Humana would be likely to substantially lessen competition in markets for individual Medicare Advantage plans and health insurance…

23 Jan 17
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Ruling in Aetna-Humana Merger Expected Soon

A ruling from U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in the case of Aetna-Humana vs. Department of Justice should be coming soon. The Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to block the merger, fearing monopolies in the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets — though Aetna has left the ACA market in most states….

20 Jan 17
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Major Health Insurers Release Q3 Earnings Reports

The major players in the industry recently unveiled their third quarter earnings reports. All were very positive about their Medicare business, and not surprisingly, there were not many positive comments regarding the individual health marketplace (ACA business). There was also talk of the Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers, so the next three months will help clarify…

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