Tax Day Health Insurance Fines

Tax Day Health Insurance Fines

Tax day health insurance fines are coming due for several million people. But what is the specifics on this fine for failing to get health insurance? Despite a lengthy debate, Congress has not yet acted on a bill to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act. That means the law and almost all of its regulations remain in force, for now. ”Tax Day and Health Insurance”For the majority of tax filers, who had insurance through…

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Insurers Baffled By Lack of Clear Message on ACA Future

Insurers Baffled By Lack of Clear Message on ACA Future

Health insurers are baffled by the lack of a clear message on the ACA future. Insurers are also annoyed waiting to see if the government will pay subsidies for their participation in the ACA or not. Insurers say they need a strong statement of intent to help them decide whether to participate in the individual ACA market exchanges next year. While the Department of Health and Human Services recently said it hasn’t changed the precedent which would…

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The Battle Over ACA Is Not Over

The Battle Over ACA Is Not Over

The battle over The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not over now that it’s worst enemies are in charge of the vast range of health coverage it created. They’re also discussing changes that could affect a wider net of employment-based policies and Medicare coverage for seniors. Letting ‘Obamacare Explode’ One Step at a Time Republicans failed last month in their first attempt to repeal and replace the ACA. But President Donald Trump vows the effort…

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Alaska Healthcare Reform on the Hot Seat

Alaska Healthcare Reform on the Hot Seat

Alaska healthcare reform is on the hot seat with over 51 percent of Alaska voters who voted for President Donald Trump opposing Medicaid expansion in 2015 enacted by the ACA. Most of Alaska’s more than 738,000 residents receive health insurance through employers or government programs. About 30,000 obtained insurance under the Medicaid expansion in 2015 enacted under the ACA. Even fewer residents buy insurance on the ACA’s marketplace. In that small private insurance pool, rates…

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Will Healthcare Reform Look Like Obamacare?

Will Healthcare Reform Look Like Obamacare?

A recent survey from GenForward says younger Americans want the latest in health care reform to look like Obamacare. With the exception of one feature. Mostly all want the requirement to purchase health insurance in lieu of paying a fine removed. The GenForward poll indicates that the majority of respondents aged 18 to 30 believe the federal government should be tasked with providing all Americans have health insurance, and it also indicates that most young Americans…

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Cost-Sharing Subsidies and Healthcare Reform

Cost-Sharing Subsidies and Healthcare Reform

When Republicans proposed their Affordable Care Act replacement bill, Americans who depend on state exchanges for coverage, show concern over the cost-sharing subsidies and healthcare reform. Lake and her 55-year-old husband, Steven, who live in Truckee, Calif., rely on a subsidy program designed to lower her out-of-pocket health costs. This “cost-sharing” assistance — paid directly to her insurer, Blue Shield of California — keeps the couple’s copayments for doctor visits to about $15 a pop and…

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Could Less Customers Mean Bigger Profits for Health Insurers?

Could Less Customers Mean Bigger Profits for Health Insurers?

The collapse of efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, or Obamacare, arose out of a floodtide of criticism of the Paul Ryan plan. But among those who stayed on the sidelines and offered little input or blowback? Insurers…Could less customers mean bigger profits for health insurers? By Phil Galewitz About the Bottom Line: Could Less Customers Mean Bigger Profits for Health Insurers The House GOP’s embattled health care bill has plenty of detractors: Democrats,…

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Adult Children May Be Overlooked In ACA Repeal

Adult Children May Be Overlooked In ACA Repeal

ACA healthcare repeal may not abolish the coverage afforded to adult children that was so-enjoyed when The Affordable Care Act first came to be. Right now, adult children can still be covered on their parent’s health insurance plan until their 26th birthday. Now, seeking broad support for their efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, House Republicans have kept that guarantee intact. But it’s not clear whether that provision will be successful or a destabilizing…

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Changes to the Affordable Care Act

Changes to the Affordable Care Act

Worried About Changes to the Affordable Care Act? So is the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) who serve as a watchdog for consumers in their insurance investments. The first rollout of the Trump administration’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act won’t pass muster, at least according to the GOP commissioner in charge of state health regulation. “It ultimately will not be, in my opinion, the proposal that eventually passes – if something passes,”…

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Reversing the Affordable Care Act

Reversing the Affordable Care Act

As the rubber meets the road for the new Trump administration on their promise to wipe out “Obamacare,” reversing the Affordable Care Act has hit a wall. Current regulations and their take on preexisting conditions are anathema to most Republicans and conservatives, and many are disappointed with other elements of the newest plan. Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA Critics say the new plan they’ve dubbed ‘Republicare’ will almost certainly…

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