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Dec012017

Brokers Are Reluctant Players In A Most Challenging ACA Open-Enrollment Season

Lee Nathans, like insurance brokers in many states, expects to be crazy busy for the next several weeks, fielding calls from “people who are not going to be happy.”  Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage started Nov. 1, and the approximately 10 million people who buy their own health insurance are only now getting...

Nov012017

Everything You Need To Know About Trump's Executive Order On Association Health Plans

Recently, President Trump announced a new executive order that has the potential to radically transform the individual health insurance marketplace and give millions of Americans access to high-quality, low-cost health insurance.

The executive order, which was crafted with the help of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will empower...

Oct012017

Here We Go Again! No Vote On ACA Repeal

It could almost be called a case of "deja vu all over again."

Another attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act died on the vine when Senate Republican leaders decided Tuesday afternoon not to bring the Graham-Cassidy bill to a vote. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., was a last-...

Sep012017

Who's in and who's out? 15 updates on insurers' 2018 ACA exchange participation

1. Indianapolis-based Anthem said it will pull out of the ACA exchanges in Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin for 2018. The payer intends to offer individual ACA policies on Missouri's exchange for next year, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
2. New York City-based startup Oscar Health will extend its ACA exchange presence in Ohio,...

Aug012017

More Americans will be without Obamacare insurance options next year as more carriers pull out.

- Federal agency's updated map shows 49 counties will have no Obamacare health plan insurers in 2018.

- 1,300 counties will have only one Obamacare insurer in 2018.

By: Abigail Summerville

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Jul012017

Senate GOP health care bill vote: The whip count.

The Senate is days away from voting on a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but leadership has, for the time being, fallen short so far of securing the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure.

Republicans actually need 51 votes to pass the legislation, but one of them can be Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking...

Jun022017

GOP senator: Health care deal unlikely this year

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C) says he doesn't think Congress is going to reach a deal to repeal and replace Obamacare in 2017.  "It's unlikely that we will get a health care deal," Burr said in an interview with a North Carolina news station on Thursday. "I don't see a comprehensive health care plan this year....

May052017

What's next for AHCA: Policy experts say even bigger battle looms for healthcare bill

After the American Health Care Act passed the House on Thursday, Republicans were quick to celebrate their hard-fought political victory.

“Welcome to the beginning of the end of Obamacare,” Vice President Mike Pence declared during...

Apr032017

Now What, After the Demise of The Republicans’ Health Care Plan?

The death of the “do or die” GOP health care plan, as the bill was pulled from a floor vote in the House on March 24, 2017, comes as no surprise. It was a non-coherent bill that depended entirely on votes from a large Republican majority in the House, but exposed bitter divisions between the hard-right Freedom caucus and more...

Mar022017

9 Trends Driving Employee Benefits in Q2 2017 and Beyond

As the employee benefits industry moves into the second quarter of 2017, it becomes increasingly clear that there is an atmosphere of unpredictability. One thing is certain in this field: Employers and advisers who embrace change will be well positioned for the future.  While we may not have a crystal ball, the following are 9 employee...