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Issue: "States"

The Detroit News: Editorial: ObamaCare Savings May be Short-Lived

The Detroit News
Sun, 2015-08-30
The promise of free money is hard to turn down, and so when Obamacare offered the states a cheap way of expanding Medicaid, Gov. Rick Snyder found it hard to resist. Yet just a year into Michigan’s expansion, it’s not such a bargain. In its mission to make sure more Americans have health insurance, the Affordable Care Act depended on states to expand their Medicaid programs to individuals with incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

​Pacific Business News: State, Feds to Pay $3.3M and $2.8M to Extend Life of Hawaii Health Connector

​Pacific Business News
Fri, 2015-08-28
The state of Hawaii is likely to extend the operations of the Hawaii Health Connector through October 2016 for $3.3 million, the health insurance exchange’s officials announced Friday at its board of directors meeting. Hawaii’s state-based insurance marketplace also received confirmation Thursday that the federal government would chip in a $2.8 million grant to support “marketplace assister organizations" — the Connector’s nonprofit partners that assist the community in signing up for health insurance.

Zachary Tracer: Florida Regulators Tell Humana to Raise Obamacare Plan Rates

Bloomberg Business
Thu, 2015-08-27
No. Take more. Really. While most states have been pushing health insurers to curb proposed price increases, Florida is telling some of them they can charge more. The state on Wednesday approved an average premium increase of 9.5 percent for Affordable Care Act plans sold to individuals for next year. Insurers had asked to boost rates 8.6 percent on average.

Priyanka Dayal McCluskey: 300,000 in Mass. To See Health Policy Rates Rise 6 Percent

The Boston Globe
Thu, 2015-08-27
Health insurers in Massachusetts will boost rates more than 6 percent for small businesses and individuals in 2016, a troubling sign that costs are once again accelerating. The increase, approved by the state Division of Insurance last week, is more than double the rise in premiums at the beginning of this year and triple the rise in 2014. The new rates will affect about 300,000 people who buy health insurance on their own or work for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and will renew plans in January.

Kathleen McGrory: Premiums for Obamacare to Rise 9.5 Percent Overall in Florida

Tampa Bay Times
Wed, 2015-08-26
Floridians who purchase individual health insurance plans under Obamacare will see their premiums rise by an average of 9.5 percent next year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation said Wednesday.

Jackie Valley: Nevada Health Co-Op to Close, Leaving Thousands to Find New Insurance

Las Vegas Sun
Wed, 2015-08-26
The Nevada Health Co-Op, a consumer-owned and operated health plan created under the Affordable Care Act, is going out of business because of high costs, state officials announced Wednesday. Consumers insured by the co-op will be covered through Dec. 31, said Janel Davis, spokeswoman for the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. The Board of Directors for the co-op, which received $65.9 million worth of solvency loans from the federal government, voted to cease operations effective Jan. 1.

Shelby Perea: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Pulling out of New Mexico Exchange

KRQE News 13
Wed, 2015-08-26
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico announced on Wednesday it “will not offer individual on-exchange health insurance products on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange in 2016.” Officials say the rates of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico did not cover the claim costs in 2014 and 2015 according to Albuquerque Business First.

Robert King: Obamacare's Latest Problem: Narrow Doctor Networks

Washington Examiner
Mon, 2015-08-24
If you bought Obamacare in Georgia or Florida you most likely don't have a lot of options for choosing doctors or hospitals, according to a new study showing that some enrollees may have less choice than others.

Chad Terhune: California's Obamacare Exchange Criticized for Not Fixing Enrollment, Tax Errors

Los Angeles Times
Fri, 2015-08-21
In response to blistering criticism from a consumer group, California's Obamacare exchange vowed to fix longstanding enrollment and tax-related errors that have blocked consumers from getting coverage for months and left some with unforeseen bills.

Katie Jennings: Nonprofit Insurers Lose on Medicare Under New Obamacare Rules

Politico New York
Wed, 2015-08-19
New York State has in many ways been a showcase for things that have gone right with Obamacare. The rollout of the state-run health insurance exchange went relatively smoothly and registered patients at a clip well ahead of the national average. Supporters say the exchange’s 2.1 million enrollees are proof positive that the law is increasing consumer choice and fostering a competitive marketplace.

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