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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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Highmark Will Stay in ACA Marketplace

Highmark recently announced it has no plans to leave the ACA Marketplace. Unlike other carriers who have dropped out or scaled back coverage for 2017, Highmark plans on sticking with the exchange in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. The announcement came alongside the company’s financial results for the first half of 2016. During the…

30 Sep 16
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BCBS of Nebraska Leaving ACA Marketplace

Not so long ago, Nebraskans had three carriers they could choose an individual health plan from on the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange. Now, they have two as a result of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBS of Nebraska) exiting the state’s ACA marketplace. With only a few weeks to go before the…

26 Sep 16
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Boosting the ACA Single Risk Pool

Maintaining the single risk pool has been one of the biggest challenges of the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed a change that aims to boost the ACA risk pool by limiting individual short-term health coverage. In planning stages, the ACA single risk pool was made up of primarily healthy…

31 Aug 16
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Scott & White Health Plan Pulling Marketplace Plans for 2017

More than 44,000 Scott & White Health Plan (SWHP) policyholders will lose their current plans in the wake of the company’s decision to exit the federal marketplace for 2017. SWHP will also reduce its off-exchange plan options for 2017. Their gold and silver plans will no longer be available during Open Enrollment this year. With…

19 Aug 16
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Aetna Leaving ACA Exchanges in 2017

First, UnitedHealthcare announced its plans to withdraw from many Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in 2017. Then, Humana reported it would do the same. Now, there’s news of Aetna leaving ACA exchanges it currently operates in. On Monday, Aetna announced it is pulling out of 11 of the 15 state exchanges where it currently offers ACA products…

16 Aug 16
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Insurers Looking to Raise 2017 ACA Plan Premiums by Double-Digits

Though Affordable Care Act plan rates are only finalized in the fall, ACA insurers are already submitting their initial proposals to their state regulators. And many are seeking approval for something we saw requested last year: double-digit rate hikes for their 2017 ACA plan premiums. Those asking for the large increases name big losses in…

14 Jun 16
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ACA Enrollment Downgraded Once Again by CBO

An estimated 12 million Americans will buy coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces this year. That’s according to the latest report by the Congressional Budget Office. Their ACA enrollment estimate was downgraded from 13 million enrollments predicted in January. This most recent downgrade is hardly surprising. CBO has repeatedly reduced their ACA enrollment estimates…

23 Apr 16
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Could Humana Be Next to Leave the ACA Market?

It’s possible another big name health insurer may reconsider its presence in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) market. Although there’s still a few weeks left in the 2016 Open Enrollment Period, Humana has announced that it most likely won’t receive enough money to cover the cost for some shoppers who purchased individual plans. The news has some…

18 Feb 16
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Anthem Predicts ACA Plan Premiums Will Increase in 2017

The second-largest health insurer by membership, Anthem, has stated it believes Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan premiums will likely increase in 2017. While Anthem has managed to slightly profit from selling ACA plans to individuals, many of the company’s competitors have not. UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the nation, lost approximately $500 million…

18 Feb 16
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