Aetna leaves prominent health insurance trade group

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Aetna will no longer be part of America’s Health Insurance Plan Aetna, one of the largest insurers in the United States, has left the health insurance industry’s largest trade group. This has raised concerns among critics of the Affordable Care Act, who claim that as more insurers leave the trade group, the federal law may be in jeopardy. Aetna is the second large insurer to leave the America’s Health Insurance Plans group, which was a major supporter of the Affordable Care Act as it was being drafted. Trade group is…

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HHS announces that 8.2 million people have acquired health insurance during open enrollment period

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HHS data shows that millions of consumers have acquired coverage through HealthCare.gov The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that as many as 8.2 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov. Of these, 2.1 million were below the age of 35, which has become one of the most sought after demographics for the insurance industry. This is significantly higher than the estimated 6.4 million people who used HealthCare.gov during last year’s open enrollment period. Majority of consumers receive coverage through federal exchanges…

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North Carolina health insurance companies owe $8.5 million in rebates

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Insurers must return some $8.5 million in premiums to consumers and businesses Health insurance companies in North Carolina will be reimbursing consumers and businesses some $8.5 million, according to the state Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. These insurers have failed to comply with the medical loss ratio, a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to spend no less than 80% of the money they collect through premiums on medical care. For insurers providing coverage to businesses, the medical loss ratio is set at 85%. Medical loss ratio continues…

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Aetna and Anthem show faith in health insurance exchanges

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Insurers see promise in exchange marketplaces throughout the United States Amidst concerns that health insurance exchanges in the United States may be bad marketplaces for insurers, Aetna and Anthem have begun working to reassure investors that this is not the case. Recently, many insurers have been reporting losses due to their participation in insurance exchanges. These losses have lead UnitedHealth, the country’s largest health insurance provider, to exit from all exchanges throughout the country. This has caused a great deal of worry for those receiving coverage through exchanges as well…

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UnitedHealth is abandoning health insurance exchanges throughout the US

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UnitedHealth sees major losses through participation in insurance exchanges UnitedHealth, the largest health insurance provider in the United States, has been suffering major losses by participating in insurance exchanges. These losses are also due to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which has pushed the insurer from exiting from exchanges entirely. Last month, the insurer has sounded somewhat optimistic concerning its performance in the exchanges, but now sees these marketplaces as a detriment to its business. Insurers are beginning to express doubts that exchanges are viable In the early…

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Health insurance rates could spike in small states

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Baby boomers relying more heavily on medical care could lead to a surge in spending Baby boomers are entering their “golden years” and this may have a significant impact on health insurance premiums for everyone else. An estimated 76 million people from the baby boomers generation are expected to create a surge in spending on prescription medications, health care, and hospice car. This may become a major financial issue for insurance companies, with insurers like UnitedHealth and WellPoint seeing few other options than raising rates. For some states, premiums may…

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Health insurance provider has big plans for exchanges in 2015

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UnitedHealth Group plans to participate in more exchanges next year UnitedHealth Group, the largest provider of health insurance in the U.S., will be playing a much larger role in the country’s insurance exchanges. The insurer had initially been wary of the exchanges, unsure whether or not these digital marketplaces would find any traction with consumers. While exchanges had a turbulent launch, they managed to capture a massive portion of the insurance market, proving that they can be valuable platforms for companies like UnitedHealth. Insurers to offer policies in 24 insurance…

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Insurance company sues California commissioner

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UnitedHealth Group has now filed a lawsuit with the intention of blocking a fine of $173 million. In order to try to stop itself from having to pay a $173.6 million fine as a result of an acquisition that went awry, the UnitedHealth Group insurance company has now sued the California insurance commissioner. The filing of the lawsuit was at the Orange County Superior Court near the end of last week. According to the insurance company, which is headquartered in Minnesota, the California commissioner, Dave Jones, is doing little more…

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Three large insurers opt out of California health insurance exchange

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Health insurance companies choose to opt out of exchange program California’s health insurance exchange, called Covered California, is beginning to take shape as it inches closer to becoming fully active at the end of this year. The exchange has been accepting policy applications from numerous health insurance companies throughout the state, all of which seem eager to participate in the exchange system. Three of the state’s largest insurers, however, have decided to opt out of the exchange program, at least for the first year of its operation. Decision could limit…

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Loophole could help health insurance companies avoid Affordable Care Act

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Health insurance companies may find major benefit in loophole in federal law Health insurance companies throughout the U.S. have been working to find ways to avoid the costly implications associated with the federal Affordable Care Act. There are several provisions associated with the federal law that are expected to have a major impact on the cost of health insurance coverage, largely due to the fact that these provisions institute more regulations on insurers. Some health insurance companies seem to have found a possible way to avoid complying with the federal…

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