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Issue: "States"

Kyle Potter: With Hefty Health Insurance Hikes in Mind, Minnesota Officials Set out to Get a Hold of Market

Sun, 2015-10-04
A major jump in health insurance premiums next year for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans has put state officials and lawmakers in brainstorm mode, figuring out the best way to get a handle on costs in an individual market that is smaller and more expensive to cover than both regulators and health insurance companies expected.

Christopher Snowbeck: Regulators Approve Premium Jumps Averaging as Much as 49 Percent for Some in Minnesota

Star Tribune
Thu, 2015-10-01
Much to the dismay of people who buy health insurance on their own, premiums for thousands in Minnesota’s individual market are going way up. The state Commerce Department said Thursday that rates will increase an average of nearly 50 percent at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota — the largest insurer in the market — and anywhere from 14 percent to 39 percent on average at four other insurers in the state that sell the policies.

Richard Pollock: Exclusive: Obamacare’s Failed New York Co-Op Drew Most Consumer Complaints

The Daily Caller
Wed, 2015-09-30
Health Republic of New York, the largest Obamacare co-op in the country, was ranked as the worst health insurance company in complaints in 2014, according to the New York State Department of Financial Services. State regulators ordered Health Republic Friday to stop writing insurance policies as it was no longer qualified to provide health insurance policies under New York state standards. Health Republic is the sixth of 23 health insurance co-ops funded by Obamacare since 2011 at a cost of $2.4 billion.

Betsey McCaughey: ObamaCare's Latest Victims: 100,000 New Yorkers and Taxpayers Everywhere

New York Post
Tue, 2015-09-29
Bad news for New Yorkers, thanks to ObamaCare: More than 100,000 policyholders just learned that their Health Republic insurance plans will be canceled on Dec. 31. The start-up insurer (spun off from the Freelancers’ Union) is hemorrhaging red ink and has to close down. That’s unfortunate for the policyholders, who now have to scramble to find other coverage and try to keep their doctors.

Ted Griggs: Program Designed to Help Louisiana With New Health Cooperatives Fails

The Advocate
Sat, 2015-09-26
A federal program designed to aid federally created health plans such as the Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc. instead became the final nail in the ailing nonprofit’s coffin. Louisiana Health — taken over by state regulators on Sept. 1 — was one of 23 plans created nationally under the Affordable Care Act to ensure there would be competition among health insurers. Altogether the co-ops received more than $2.4 billion in low-interest federal loans to get started. Only two have proven to be profitable amid restrictions that experts say have hampered the co-ops’ development.

James Swann: Is New York's Insurance Marketplace Accurately Enrolling Consumers?

Bloomberg BNA
Fri, 2015-09-25
The goal of all insurance plans is to provide the right services to the right patient population. Insurance eligibility is a big factor, and companies spend a lot of time and effort determining if their patients qualify for coverage. The question of eligibility is also critical to the operation of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces, and a recent OIG report found problems within the New York state marketplace that potentially led to ineligible enrollees.

Press Release: Nevada Division of Insurance Files Petition for Receivership

Nevada Division of Insurance
Fri, 2015-09-25
On September 25, 2015, the Nevada Division of Insurance (“Division”) filed a petition in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County to place the Nevada Health CO-OP (NHC) into a conservation/rehabilitation receivership. If the Court grants the petition, the Commissioner of Insurance will become the Receiver of the insurance company.

Press Release: NYDFS, CMS, NYSOH Announce Actions Regarding Health Republic Insurance of New York

New York Department of Financial Services
Fri, 2015-09-25
The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the New York State of Health (NYSOH) health plan marketplace today announced actions regarding the Health Republic Insurance of New York co-op. NYDFS is directing Health Republic to cease writing new health insurance policies and the co-op will commence an orderly wind down after the expiration of its existing policies.

Amy Goldstein: New York Health Co-Op Ordered to Close Down

The Washington Post
Fri, 2015-09-25
A New York nonprofit health insurer with more than 200,000 patients is going out of business, becoming the fourth and, by far, the largest co-op created under the Affordable Care Act to collapse this year.

David Catron: ObamaCare Lawfare in Oregon

The American Spectator
Tue, 2015-09-22
In October 2013, Oregon was just another state whose Obamacare exchange failed to achieve lift-off when its Democrat governor attempted to abet the President in the launch of his “signature domestic achievement.” Shortly thereafter, Governor Kitzhaber earned two additional distinctions not enjoyed by Obama’s other accomplices: He was the first to abandon his constituents to Healthcare.gov, and resigned pursuant to an ethics scandal. Before leaving office, however, Kitzhaber made what may be the most outrageous decision of his tawdry tenure—he sicced his Attorney General on the IT firm that built the exchange as well as some of its employees.

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