Posts Categorized: Uncategorized

Federal Judge Upholds Trump’s Expansion of Non-ObamaCare Plans

A federal judge upheld the Trump administration’s expansion of health insurance plans that don’t meet ObamaCare’s coverage requirements.  Judge Richard Leon ruled against the insurance companies that sued the administration in an attempt to block the rules. For more information see The Hill

Bill Passes The House Protecting People With Preexisting Conditions

The House passed a bill that would safeguard individuals with preexisting conditions.  The Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, would revoke guidance issued by the Trump Administration in October 2018 that encourages states to approve health plans that do not cover preexisting conditions.  For more information, see Augusta Free Press.

Could Washington State Approve Long-Term Care Insurance?

Washington State may be the first to approve the nation’s first publicly-funded insurance program. The measure with a maximum benefit of $36,500 would aid those who need aid with at least three activities of daily living.  Universal public long-term care insurance is widely available throughout the developed world. The US, however, finances long-term care mainly… Read more »

Group Health Insurance Premiums To Rise 15-18 Percent

Group health insurance plans are likely to see a 15-18% increase  in 2019.  Several corporate accounts have already seen an increase while others will see an increase in April onwards.  With medical inflation to be in the range of 18-24 percent in the country, having a direct impact on insurance costs for companies was inevitable.  Please see… Read more »

Motion Filed In Texas Challenging Affordable Care Act Ruling

Massachusetts and 17 other states have filed a motion challenging a ruling last week by a federal judge that struck down the Affordable Care Act. The motion, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, asks the court to clarify the impact of the ruling and confirm that the ACA “is still the… Read more »

Trump Administration Expected to Reverse Rule Requiring Employers To Cover Birth Control

The Trump administration is expected to soon issue regulations that would expand religious and moral exemptions for covering birth control in employer health insurance plans, a move that critics say would limit women’s access to contraception. The exact details of the exemptions remain unclear, but women’s health advocates are bracing for a legal fight. See The… Read more »

Trump Administration Unveils Health Care Options For Small Companies

The proposal is aimed at two types of companies: small firms that are not required to offer health insurance and medium-sized firms that usually only offer their workers a single plan. The biggest change involves expanding the use of tax-free HRAs to allow more workers to buy their own health insurance.  The proposed rule undoes Obama administration… Read more »

Premiums Drop For Most Popular ACA Plans In 2019

The average premium for the second-lowest-cost plans offering mid-level coverage will decline next year by 1.5 percent, the first time this benchmark has declined since the federal insurance exchange made its debut in 2014.  Though the average decrease is small, it is a very positive change from the double-digit increases experienced over the past two years. … Read more »

CVS-Aetna $69 Billion Merger Approved With Conditions

The Justice Department antitrust enforcers cleared CVS Health Corp.’s acquisition of Aetna Inc. after the companies took steps to ease regulators’ concerns, moving the nearly $70 billion deal a major step closer.  Critics of the CVS-Aetna deal had worried that the merger could lead to higher drug prices for Medicare Part D beneficiaries. Opponents such as… Read more »