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Farewell Mandates? ACA Likely to Change Substantially Under Trump Administration

Employer mandate and Cadillac tax are among provisions being targeted.

The day after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the U.S. Senate would move to swiftly try to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "It's pretty high on our agenda as you know," the...


A look ahead at health news in 2017

The past year saw skyrocketing health insurance premiums, an election that threatened the Affordable Care Act, fading concerns about Ebola and increasing worries about Zika.

What will the new year bring in health news? We asked Northland experts to look into their crystal balls, and here are their thoughts on some of the big topics...


Trump's new Cabinet pick wants to destroy Obamacare

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia on Tuesday was nominated as the new secretary of health and human services by President-elect Donald Trump.

A former orthopedic surgeon, Price has an...


Expect your health insurance costs to rise in 2017

You'll pay a little more for your workplace health insurance plan next year. Health insurance premiums will increase by 5 percent in 2017 for employees, according to a recent study from the National Business Group on Health, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents large employers.

That's about on par with...


Ten ACA Changes for 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to evolve. Here are 10 changes expected to take effect in 2017.

  1. The Health Insurer Tax, which is approximately 2.3% of premium, will be suspended. This tax on health insurance companies will only be suspended in 2017.
  2. The Transitional...

Employers Passing Rising Healthcare Costs onto Employees

Healthcare costs are rising. And as employers face higher price tags, many are pushing costs onto workers to help maintain budgets.

The average cost per covered employee has increased by nearly $500 in the span of one year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s new Health Care Benchmarking Report, released...


Donald Trump vs. Hilary Clinton: The Future of Obamacare

If crowdsourcing is any indication, sentiment on health care stocks is bearish, no matter who wins the presidency.

As part of an attempt to democratize investor opinions about the stock market, a New York company called...


Analysis of 2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

Marketplace premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), already a subject of perennial interest, have gained even more attention amid unfavorable financial results from some insurers, as well as initial reports of steep premium increases requested for 2017. Several factors will influence how premiums will change in 2017, and there is reason...


Insured Texans lack clear understanding of their health insurance plans: Confusion higher for Texans who bought individual health insurance.

Texans who bought their own health insurance were less likely to understand basic terms and how to use their plans compared with those who have Medicare, Medicaid or employee-sponsored health insurance. That's one of the findings of a new report* released by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health...


Major Insurer May Leave ObamaCare

One of the country’s largest health insurers warned Thursday that it may leave the ObamaCare exchanges within two years, delivering a shock announcement that could ripple through the marketplace.

At a shareholder meeting Thursday, UnitedHealthcare cast doubt on its ability to carry plans on the healthcare law’s exchanges...