Blue States Forced to Offload Popular Obamacare Protections?

Blue States Forced to Offload Popular Obamacare Protections?

Under the Republican health bill, it’s up to states whether to dismantle key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Will blue states be forced to offload popular Obamacare protections? Red, or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions. As strange as it sounds, deep-blue, heavily Democratic states supportive of Obamacare, including California and New York, may…

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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… 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, hospitals, the American Medical Association and the House…

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What is the Continuous Coverage Penalty on Health Insurance?

What is the Continuous Coverage Penalty on Health Insurance?

The Affordable Care Act’s tax penalty for people who opt out of health insurance is one of the most loathed parts of the law, so it is no surprise that Republicans are keen to abolish it. But the penalty, called the individual mandate, plays a vital function: nudging healthy people into the insurance markets where their premiums help pay for the cost of care for the sick. That has required Republican lawmakers to come up…

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