A First Look at the DC Health Exchange

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The District of Columbia is requiring all small employers (those with fewer than 51 full-time employees) to join their health Exchange by 2015.  In part because of the requirements, the District has aggressively kept to the federal government implementation timeline and, despite running into some computer glitches that could delay some benefits, has previewed what… Read more »

How Exchanges Will Function Under Government Shutdown

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Baring a last second deal, funding for the federal government will run out at midnight on Tuesday, October 1.  Not coincidentally, that is the date that the health care Exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act will begin to accept enrollments from the public.  With a government operating on minimal resources but running Exchanges in… Read more »

Oregon Exchange Offers Positive Hope for Rate Moderation

As we’ve shared on this site, one of the major benefits to a working Exchange is the competition it is supposed to create among insurance companies; with a larger market available to it and consumers able to view their offerings side-by-side with comparable plans from other companies, this idea was a major reason why Exchanges… Read more »

With Federal Budget Cuts, States Get Creative (and NSFW) With Insurance Promotion

The Affordable Care Act based its success on a delicate premise: almost every American could receive affordable insurance coverage if almost every American elected to purchase health insurance for themselves and/or their families.  Affordable insurance rates are dependent on healthy young people also purchasing insurance, a population that in the past has been loathe to… Read more »

Deficit Panel Releases Final Report

The president’s deficit panel released its final report today and added details to its original leaked outline for how it suggests the U.S. balance the budget and enact a more stable fiscal policy.  Dubbed “The Moment of Truth”, the document adopts some policies from other private deficit commissions and adjusts some of its prior recommendations…. Read more »