Seven Remaining Obamacare Co-Ops Prepare Survival Strategies

Two-thirds of the federally funded co-ops created by the federal health law to sell health insurance to individuals and small employers have folded and those that remain are diversifying to stay alive.

NIH’s Fauci On Combating Zika: ‘You Have To Have The Resources To Act Quickly’

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently spoke with KHN’s Carmen Heredia Rodriguez about vaccine development and the ongoing fight in Congress over emergency funding.

House Panel Extends Funding For Medicare Program To Help Consumers

The decision runs counter to a Senate committee that voted to strip the $52 million appropriation for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which helps beneficiaries understand their Medicare coverage and helps them with billing issues.

Gingrich, Kennedy Take On Opioid Addiction — The KHN Conversation

Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, and Newt Gingrich, who was once the House Speaker, are advancing policies to combat this national crisis.

Senate Panel Kills Medicare Program That Offers Help On Enrollment, Billing Issues

It’s not clear yet if the full Senate or House will concur in the plan to cut funding for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which operates in all states and gives beneficiaries free advice on enrollment in drug and insurance plans, appealing coverage decisions and applying for financial subsidies.

Horizon, SelectHealth share lessons learned from ACA marketplaces

In an attempt to get a pulse on the health insurance marketplace during year three of Affordable Care Act open enrollment, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services hosted Thursday a panel of speakers from private insurance companies like Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Select Health. Panelists discussed the challenges the payers have faced as well as strategies they’ve cultivated since the ACA went into effect.

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3 strategies Oscar employs to reach and retain enrollees

In its ongoing effort to attract and retain enrollees, health insurance startup Oscar relies on technology and hands-on member engagement strategies, CEO Mario Schlosser writes a blog post for America’s Health Insurance Plans.

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UnitedHealth to compete in just three ACA exchanges in 2017

UnitedHealthcare, in an effort to cut its losses in the individual market, will only compete in three states’ Affordable Care Act marketplaces in 2017: New York, Nevada and Virginia, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 

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Individual plans continue shift to ACA marketplaces

Despite fears about the stability of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the share of individual health insurance plans sold predominantly through the ACA marketplaces has been on the rise since 2014, according to a new report from The Commonw…

4 ways state innovation waivers can’t deliver on promise of reform

Though state innovation waivers allowed under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act look like a promising way for states to dismantle components of the ACA, actually doing so is not as simple as it seems, according to a Health Affairs&…

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