The ACA marketplace has seen many disruptions since its implementation but in a sign of greater stability, major insurers are re-entering the marketplace or expanding their footprint. CHIR’s Megan Houston assesses the factors that are driving these insurers’ decisions, just as the ACA faces another challenge from the Supreme Court next month. Continue reading
Fourteen U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Secretary Price, urging him to roll back an Obama-era regulation of short-term health plans, arguing that doing so will give consumers more choices and less expensive coverage options. CHIR’s Sabrina Corlette dives into the benefits and risks of de-regulating short-term policies. Continue reading
As Congress discusses ACA repeal, there is another, potentially more immediate threat to ACA marketplaces. In their latest publication for The Commonwealth Fund, CHIR experts JoAnn Volk, Dania Palanker, Justin Giovannelli and Kevin Lucia look at what a loss of cost-sharing reductions would mean for ACA marketplaces and consumers.
The third open enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces begins on Sunday, November 1. The administration has released new data showing average health plan rate changes, with an average increase nationwide of 7.5 percent compared to 2015. Our colleague Tricia Brooks breaks down what these rate changes mean for consumers. Continue reading
Georgetown University experts from the Center on Health Insurance Reforms and the Center for Children and Families released this week a report documenting the experiences over the past year working with Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, and others working to enroll consumers in the health insurance marketplaces. JoAnn Volk, Sandy Ahn, Sabrina Corlette and Tricia Brooks share lessons learned and recommendations for future enrollments in a comprehensive report and two video clips. Continue reading
A trio of Republican Senators have introduced legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act and detailing alternative reforms to the health care system. However, as noted in this blog by Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the bill rolls back important insurance reforms, makes coverage less affordable for low income people, and hobbles the Medicaid program. Continue reading