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Health Insurance Premiums

If You Like Your Obamacare Plan, You Maybe Shouldn't Keep It

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Health insurance consumers who use to buy their plans can choose to stick with what they have and let the system automat...

Good News Or Bad News On Health Insurance Costs? It's Both

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

Ask a typical economist about what’s happening to health insurance, and you’ll hear about a historic slowdown in inflation. For roughly a...

What Grade Does the Supreme Court Earn on Its Affordable Care Act Decision?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court again upheld the ACA against a challenge, this time to federal subsidies. Was this a good or bad decision? What grade should we give the court, and for that matter congress as well?

Jonathan Cohn

One More Reason To Feel (Pretty) Good About Obamacare | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the historic expansion of coverage it has made possible....

Here's Where Obamacare Costs The Most

Kaiser Health News | Jordan Rau | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business

This post was originally published by Kaiser Health News (KHN). Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service. In health i...

3 Health Insurance Red Flags That Could Raise Your Premiums

Miranda Marquit | Posted 02.01.2015 | Money
Miranda Marquit

While you can't always avoid the baseline premium increases that are part of the market, you can keep from red flagging your insurance plan so that you see even bigger premium increases.

Jeffrey Young

How To Avoid Paying More For Obamacare Next Year | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business

So you signed up for an Obamacare health insurance plan, and you're figuring you'll just keep it next year and skip the hassle of shopping around agai...

Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Enrollment Goal For 2015 Is 9 Million, Lower Than Expected | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business

Just days ahead of the next Obamacare sign-up period, the Department of Health and Human Services is scaling back projections of how many people will ...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Shoppers Get Sneak Peek At New Prices | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business

Health insurance consumers using will get their first look at the prices for 2015 coverage starting Sunday night, when window shopping ...

Jeffrey Young

These 5 Scary Obamacare Predictions Were Dead Wrong | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business

Predicting the ways in which Obamacare would fail and ruin America has been something of a cottage industry for conservative politicians and talking h...

Colorado's Health Exchange On Target to Meet Budget Goals

Bob Semro | Posted 12.07.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

Connect for Health Colorado's Finance Committee recently offered a revenue projection for the current year. Using a conservative approach, it projects that revenue for 2014 is about $600,000 above earlier estimates, and total revenue for the year is expected to top out at $5.4 million.

Narrowing Provider Networks Is All About Cutting Costs, But It Also Can Lead to Lower Premiums

Bob Semro | Posted 12.03.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

Many Americans are learning about health insurance for the first time, and others are adapting to changes. One area that seems to be ever-changing is "networks," as in doctors and hospitals "in network" and "out of network."

Jeffrey Young

It's Not Your Imagination, Your Health Insurance Has Gotten Worse | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A quiet revolution happened to your job-based health benefits and you may not have noticed. It's happened gradually, but insurance looks a lot differe...

Jeffrey Young

Employee Health Insurance Costs Barely Increased This Year | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business

For a change, the cost of the health insurance you get at work didn't go up much this year. The cost of job-based health benefits stayed nearly fla...

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Second Semester Grades for Obamacare: How Is the ACA Doing?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In March, I gave my first semester grades for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known generally as Obamacare), and it received a C grade for a GPA of 2.0. Now, a semester of health care later, how is it doing?

Jeffrey Young

Here's What's Going On With Obamacare Premium Increases | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business

Health insurance premiums are going to skyrocket under Obamacare next year, maybe even double! No, wait -- they're only increasing a little, and less ...

Jeffrey Young

Companies Predict Small 2015 Health Cost Rise -- With A Catch | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business

Large employers expect their health care expenses to rise a modest amount next year, but they plan to continue requiring workers to pay a growing shar...

Too Soon to Say on Insurance Rates for '15, But There Are Trends Worth Noting

Bob Semro | Posted 08.31.2014 | Denver
Bob Semro

How much will health insurance premiums go up next year? The short answer: We won't know for several months.

Jeffrey Young

Millions Get Obamacare Plans For $100 Or Less | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business

Almost seven out of 10 people who bought health insurance on the federal Obamacare exchanges are paying $100 or less a month for coverage, according t...

A Small Firm's Response to Higher Health Care Costs

Karen Firestone | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Karen Firestone

I cower when I see the email from our health insurance broker, cheerfully writing to schedule our annual plan review and a discussion of the increase for the coming year. I say increase because we have never seen a decrease in 10 years.

Health Insurance Premiums Can Be (And Always Have Been) Volatile

Bob Semro | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

While the ACA may address some of the more extreme premium fluctuations, it does not fundamentally change the basic structure of a market that has always been highly volatile and uncertain. However, there are provisions in the ACA that do impact premiums.

What's the Point, WellPoint? Could It Be to Satisfy Wall Street?

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.

Jeffrey Young

OF COURSE Health Insurance Will Cost More Next Year ... It Does Every Year | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.13.2014 | Business

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius let loose a bombshell during her appearance before a congressional committee Wednesday: Health i...