The Beshear administration claimed Tuesday that implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky has been an “indisputable success” with more than 413,000 enrolling for coverage before the March deadline.
While the deadline to enroll in a marketplace insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act ended March 31, in-person counselors are still out and about educating citizens about the new qualifications for the Medicaid program.
The health-care sector is seeing a lot of unexpected moves Tuesday. Amid hostile takeovers and asset swapping, mid-cap health insurer Centene Corp. CNC created a stir not only among investors but within the entire sector when its first-quarter earnings were nearly double forecasts.
Illinois has until November to set up a state-run health insurance exchange, but lawmakers may have to act more quickly. Jim Duffett, executive director of the Campaign for Better Health Care, says with the approval process Illinois would have to go through before opening its own marketplace, legislators would have to pass a bill authorizing it by the end of May.
There was a rush of people enrolling in Obamacare,in California last week as they got an extension till the tax day to do so. The official report on April 17 stated that the number of people enrolling either for a private health insurance plan or Medicaid went up to 3.3 million.
Enrollment in health plans through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges likely will surpass the eight million enrollees that President Obama announced last week because some states' exchanges still are open for enrollment, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.
After Covered California's first open enrollment period drew to a close last week, the exchange has about $363 million in federal grant funds left over to support the insurance marketplace over the next fiscal year, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/18).
New Yorkers who've bought health insurance through the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace are paying premiums that cost about half as much, on average, as the coverage would have last year. And one in three enrollees is relatively young. That all bodes well for the state's push toward universal coverage.
The Fact Checker was on break last week, but did manage to pass a TV set that aired images of the president’s announcement on April 17 that 8 million people had signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. We were struck by a headline in the TV ticker that amplified the president’s message that 35 percent of the enrollees were younger than 35.
Evidence suggests that more health insurers will offer plans through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges during the next open enrollment period, which is set to begin Nov. 15, Modern Healthcare reports.
In a remarkable rebound from the botched rollout of Obamacare, 8 million people have signed up for private health insurance via the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act since October, President Barack Obama announced during a press briefing at the White House Thursday.
Connecticut's health insurance exchange announced Thursday it enrolled 208,301 people in health plans during the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, more than double its original goal of 100,000.
The percentage of uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 in Texas declined from 24.8 to 23.5 between September 2013 and March 2014, according to a report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation.
President Obama has announced that more than 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, considerably over initial predictions. More than a quarter are aged between 18 and 34.
Insurers saw disaster in the fall when Obamacare’s rollout flopped and HealthCare.gov was a mess. But a strong March enrollment surge, along with indications that younger and healthier people had begun signing up, has changed their attitude.
More than 2,000 District of Columbia residents either enrolled in a health insurance plan or were found to be eligible for Medicaid after the official end of open enrollment on March 31, but a spike in call volume this week led to another extension of the deadline, officials said Wednesday.
Obamacare open enrollment may finally be over, but the opportunities to sign up for coverage aren't. Some people may qualify for special enrollment periods during the year, and a new analysis from a youth advocacy group shows these enrollment windows may benefit young adults the most.
Yesterday was the last day of a two-week health-law extension for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn’t finish their enrollment by March 31, the official deadline to sign up for a federally subsidized insurance plan in 2014.
Health plans are likely to be more standardized on state-run Affordable Care Act marketplaces in 2015 to make it simpler for consumers to make choices, but marketplace directors are grappling with the issue of how to ensure adequate provider networks while encouraging competition and innovation in delivery models.
Hawaii late Tuesday gave its residents two more weeks to seek private health coverage under Obamacare, once again extending the deadline for consumers who had a hard time on the state-run insurance portal.
State officials in Delaware have released updated information concerning the performance of the state’s health insurance exchange. Open enrollment for the state’s exchange officially ended on April 1, after having been active since October of 2013.
Critics of the Affordable Care Act no longer want to talk about enrollment totals, which is understandable to the extent that the latest ACA enrollment figures look quite good. Instead, many Republicans have gone back to some old favorites: “Obamacare” is causing premiums to spike; the nation can’t afford the system; it will bankrupt us all; we’re all doomed, etc.
Cover Oregon’s job for the next several months is a steep one: Launch a working health insurance marketplace by Nov. 15 or drop its ambitious vision and allow the federal government to take over its job.
President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next health secretary, the Cabinet official who's ultimately responsible for overseeing Obamacare.
The board of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, which runs the Nevada Health Link website, met Thursday and received fresh statistics on new members who have signed up so far in a 60-day special enrollment session that began April 1.
After a somewhat lackluster signup for health care insurance by Latinos in the early part of open enrollment, California's Latino enrollment rose to 32 percent of those enrolling in healthcare coverage during the first three weeks of March.
Florida's Republican lawmakers remain staunchly opposed to expanding Medicaid — a system they've repeatedly said is too expensive and doesn't improve health outcomes. Yet Florida's Medicaid rolls are expanding under the Affordable Care Act.
Now that it has gotten through its first enrollment period, D.C. officials are pushing forward with a plan for a sustainable funding source for D.C. Health Link, the city's health exchange, when federal funds end next January.
Health officials are looking at ways to offer some insurance plans with lower deductibles on the state's online insurance market, NY State of Health, in keeping with recommendations of a Washington, D.C.-based health consumer advocate.
Whether you like or hate Obamacare, there's no argument it's having big and unexpected impacts on many aspects of American life. One of the most unexpected: It may lower how much you pay for car insurance.
Covered California, the Obamacare exchange in the nation’s most populous state, urged residents Wednesday to finish their health coverage applications before next week’s deadline so they do not have to pay a tax penalty.
When Rob walked out of his high-flying corporate job to start a tech business, the cost of his health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield skyrocketed to $13,500 a year. In addition, he would face deductions of $15,000 to retain insurance for his family.
No one would claim that the Affordable Care Act rollout has all gone according to plan. The troubles started in the summer of 2012, when the Supreme Court took an ax to one of the main pillars of Obamacare: expanding Medicaid to cover any American earning less than $16,000.
The Senate Finance Committee returned to Richmond Monday and quickly adopted a state budget that includes a plan to create a private marketplace to provide health coverage to up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians.
On Monday, CMS announced that payments to Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 will increase by 0.4%, reversing its earlier proposal that would have cut the reimbursements, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports (Millman, "Wonkblog," Washington Post, 4/7).
Now that Obamacare is here and the first enrollment period has closed, a growing majority of New Jerseyans say want to keep the health care law and fix its flaws, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll released today.
The health insurance exchange in Washington, D.C., has earned the distinction of enrolling the largest share of young adults--the most coveted consumer population. But it also has the fewest amount of consumers who are eligible for federal subsidies, reported The Washington Post.
New Mexico Health Connections, the state's startup, nonprofit health plan had no members when open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began in October. Since then, NMHC has enrolled around 10,000 people on and off the state and federal insurance exchanges, an accomplishment the firm's CEO, Dr. Martin Hickey, calls "pretty incredible."
Ten states accounted for more than 80% of the three million new enrollees in Medicaid who signed up under the Affordable Care Act, according to an Avalere Health analysis of new CMS data, the Washington Times reports (Howell, Washington Times, 4/7).
More than 908,500 residents have fully enrolled in New York’s health-care exchange and more than 1.2 million residents have completed applications since Oct. 1, the state Health Department said Monday.
The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) reported a total of 26,412 New Mexicans had enrolled in qualified health plans as of March 31, 2014, according to the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. This figure represents a 76 percent growth rate from the 15,012 enrollments confirmed at the end of February 2014.
Three million lower-income Americans have enrolled in the Medicaid program for the poor so far during the rollout of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, the administration announced on Friday.
Republicans might want to rethink their strategy of using the Affordable Care Act to try to cripple Democrats’ chances in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s because President Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues may have scored a political victory with the new health care law. After the law's introduction, the uninsured rate has now fallen to the lowest level since 2008.
More than 92,000 Rhode Islanders signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act by Monday’s deadline, according to the latest data from HealthSource RI. That figure includes nearly 28,000 people who selected a private health-insurance plan and a surprising 64,590 who enrolled in Medicaid. Both figures exceed projections.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will likely insure Mainers in the federal health insurance marketplace next year, according to company officials. The nonprofit insurance carrier would join Maine Community Health Options and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield in the marketplace, a key element of the Affordable Care Act that reduces the ranks of the uninsured.
More than 1 million people waited until the last five days to sign up for 2014 health coverage under Obamacare, and early indications are that many were young minorities, insurance analysts and enrollment groups said.
Although open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is technically over, officials with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will continue to help people with special circumstances sign up for health insurance and they will continue educating the public about the new law.
More than 5,000 people in North Dakota have bought health insurance through the federal marketplace. The most recent number primarily reflects those who have paid their first month’s premium and either have or will soon have coverage under a plan chosen on the marketplace. The number of people enrolled is higher than that, but the insurance companies generally measure by those who have actually paid.
Your Health Idaho announced Friday that those Idahoans who had begun, but not yet completed, applications to secure coverage through the online health insurance exchange will have until April 15 to complete the process.
Thousands of Nevadans could ultimately be involved in a class action suit filed against the state, the health insurance exchange, and Xerox. The suit accuses the parties of gross negligence in their handling of health exchange enrollees, their payments, and effective coverage dates.
The Connect for Health Colorado board is looking into setting up an affiliate that could form strategic marketing alliances for companies that sell products such as vision insurance, accidental insurance, critical illness insurance and hospital indemnity insurance.
Connecticut's health insurance marketplace announced Tuesday it has enrolled more than 197,000 people in private and Medicaid plans, a figure that could climb as people with incomplete applications are helped in the coming days.
Presbyterian Health Plan and New Mexico’s startup health plan, New Mexico Health Connections, have enrolled nearly 20,000 individuals in insurance plans on and off the federal insurance exchange, the companies said.
Like other states that opted to run their own exchange, Colorado spent several years and hundreds of millions in federal dollars to create an insurance marketplace specifically tailored for Coloradans.
With the passing of the March 31 deadline, the state Department of Health announced this week that more than 865,000 residents across the state are now enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.