ACA Premiums Set to Increase by 25 Percent

Many consumers who purchase health insurance through HealthCare.gov in 2017 will find that insurers have raised the premiums on health plans by an average of 25 percent, according to new government figures. The disclosure of 2017 rates by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was touted by congressional Republicans and other critics as… Read more »

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 »

Affordable Care Act Mandate Delayed Again

Guest Post by Rob Magleby Treasury Department officials announced Monday that medium-sized businesses — employers with 50 to 99 workers — will have until 2016 to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to insure full-time employees. Large businesses, those with 100 or more employees, have received an alternative extension. Instead of receiving another year… Read more »