Aetna’s Exit from Obamacare Stokes Growing Concern

Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurer, announced earlier this month that it is sharply reducing its participation in the marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, raising doubts about how the nation’s health care law is functioning six years after its enactment. Aetna’s decision to cut its participation from 15 state marketplaces to… Read more »

Democratic Party Platform Seeks Cadillac Tax Repeal

Democrats are calling for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax on employer-provided health plans, according to the party platform released in advance of the Democratic National Convention this week. While still supportive of the ACA overall, Democrats led by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have more recently realized that the proposed 40 percent… Read more »

House Passes Bill to Improve Access to HSAs

The House passed a bill July 6 to expand consumers’ access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and allow people with HSAs or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to use money from those accounts to pay for over-the-counter medication. The “Restoring Access to Medication and Improving Health Savings Act” (H.R. 1270) would also reduce the threshold at… Read more »

Premiums for Health Plans Projected to Increase

Premiums for health plans purchased through the federal insurance exchange may jump substantially next year, according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report shows that proposed rates for benchmark silver plans – the most popular tier of coverage which is the basis for enrollees’ tax subsidies – are projected to increase… Read more »