Strong health insurance registrations surprise ACA opponents and supporters, too

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Despite the president’s claims that Obamacare was repealed, the health care law saw its strongest results. Not twenty four hours after President Donald Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” health insurance registrations data showed the strongest year. Officials reported that 8.8 million Americans enrolled in health plans on the federal insurance exchange to cover them next year. Those numbers don’t yet include the data from insurance exchanges run by individual states. The 2018 health insurance registrations on HealthCare.gov were strong enough that they nearly achieved the 2017…

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Today is the health insurance deadline for enrolling millions of Americans

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The federal government’s shorter end to the open enrollment period cuts off registrations for 2018 today. Americans across the country are being reminded that if they want to enroll before the health insurance deadline for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they need to register today. Officials and ACA supporters are reminding people that if they want a health plan, they must enroll by tonight. State insurance departments are encouraging Americans to act with haste if they don’t want to miss the health insurance deadline for enrolling in…

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Colorado health insurance registrations up 29 percent over last year’s enrollment

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State residents are steadily continuing to sign up for their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Colorado health insurance enrollment is performing considerably better than it was at this time in 2016. Despite a temporary slow down near the end of November, the Affordable Care Act in the state is still seeing far more registrations than had been the case last year. Even with the slowing, the enrollment pace is still significantly faster than was seen in 2016. According to Colorado health insurance data from November, almost 44,000 state residents…

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State insurance regulators start approving rate hikes to cover Trump’s slashed subsidies

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Officials in Maryland have already given their approval to the last minute increases, but others are following. Insurance regulators in many states are starting to look into last minute health plan rate increases to compensate for the elimination of Affordable Care Act subsidies. Michigan officials have warned that they are already looking into the increases that they are likely to approve. At the same time, Maryland insurance regulators have already given their approval to the rate hikes. These increases are a direct response to President Trump’s executive order that eliminated…

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Health insurance exchanges have at least one offering in every U.S. county

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The Affordable Care Act was previously threatened by possible bare patches in plan availability. Earlier in 2017, it appeared as though the health insurance exchanges in several states would suffer bare counties in the 2018 open enrollment period. That said, the situation has turned around and every county continues to have a minimum of one option available. Though President Trump had claimed that the insurance marketplaces were failing, they appear to be healing. President Trump had been pointing to the problem of counties without plans available through the health insurance…

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Colorado insurance commissioner points finger at Trump administration for massive rate hikes

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Marguerite Salazar says that uncertainty generated by the president led to the 27 percent rate hike requests. Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar’s department received requests for 27 percent rate hikes in the individual market and 7.3 percent for small group. The commissioner is not happy and blames the Trump administration for the uncertainty they’ve created within the market. Salazar said the games played by the Trump administration have caused the health insurance market to become unstable. The result of these actions, said the Colorado insurance commissioner, was huge 2018 rate…

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Anthem health insurance policies with reduced coverage receive approval

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A judge has given the nod to allow the insurer to move forward with a plan offering no out of network care coverage. Anthem health insurance has been allowed to continue selling a California health plan that doesn’t offer out of network care coverage. A judge gave the ruling that stopped Anthem Blue Cross from being restrained from switching half a million Californians to the plan. A consumer group requested that the judge keep a restraining order in place to stop Anthem from making the switches. The restraint would have…

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Americans are shopping outside health insurance exchanges for coverage

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Millions of people are buying health plans off the marketplaces to avoid massive rate hikes. As premiums are headed skyward at many health insurance exchanges, people are looking for alternatives. Many Americans have decided to stop shopping in those official markets. Instead, they are purchasing health plans through insurance companies off the exchanges. The purpose is to try to avoid being faced with the rate hikes that are often in the double digits. The Obama administration is working to reverse this trend. The goal is to make health insurance exchanges…

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Health insurance policies aren’t stopping people from using the ER

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Among the predicted benefits of the Affordable Care Act was that people would stop using this last resort care. When the Affordable Care Act went into effect, one of the advantages was supposed to be that health insurance policies would reduce the use of hospital emergency rooms. That said, despite the fact that many millions of people are now covered, they’re still headed to the ER. This is problematic as emergency room medical care is among the most expensive types of health care. The belief was that because people would…

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Will higher health insurance rates keep insurers in the exchanges?

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Regulators across the country are allowing insurance companies to make health plans more expensive. State regulators across the nation have been steadily giving the nod to increased health insurance rates. In fact, many have made it possible for those insurers to raise premiums more than the companies had requested. This may appear to be in opposition to the goal of keeping rates as low as possible for consumers. However, a data analysis conducted by USA TODAY suggested a different purpose for these decisions. The national newspaper indicated that the regulators…

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