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ACA Rate Change Season Upon Us

State if VA Insurers Forecast Big Price Jumps – Other States In Same Fix Initial filings from several insurers aiming to participate on the state's ACA marketplace in 2019 show double-digit rate hikes. According to Documents Filed with Virginia Regulators: CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield is forecasting an average 26.6 percent boost that would affect [...]

HHS Releases Plans – Deregulation With Focus on Financial Risk … Non-ACA Plans

Providers, insurers and pharmacies can expect a major regulatory overhaul later this year.  The administration's spring 2018 unified agenda, released on Wednesday, offered a preview into various agencies' regulatory and deregulatory plans for the near future. Policy changes outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) include reduced paperwork burdens for hospitals, greater flexibility [...]

The ACA Health Plan Draft Labor Rule Needs Rewrite

The administration has been looking for lifeboats for Americans trapped in old ACA exchanges. One project is to expand “association health plans,” on Association Health Plan (AHPs), that let employers team up to offer coverage. But the fine print in the proposed Labor Department rule is causing concern and needs to be cleaned up. The [...]

Simplified Health Policies Cheaper but Riskier Than ACA Plans

Insurance agents say individuals are buying indemnity plans instead of ACA coverage, which has become far more costly Sales are growing for a type of limited health policy offering a cheaper alternative to traditional insurance but leaves buyers risking big bills if they have major medical needs.  Known as fixed indemnity plans, the products offer [...]