Category Archives: Health Reform

Open Enrollment Take 2: What Matters for the ACA Marketplace?

via RAND Corporation By the end of 2014, more than 6.5 million people were enrolled in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace, also called the “exchanges.” In some cases, this was relatively easy. But for many, … Continue reading

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Government Blinks Again at ObamaCare

via BloombergView If you got health insurance subsidies last year, and you’re worried that you got too much in federal tax credits and will be faced with a huge tax bill for repayment, then you can worry a little less: … Continue reading

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The Secret to Taming Health-Care Costs

via Wall Street Journal Monday’s report from the Congressional Budget Office on the country’s long-term economic outlook underscores what budget experts have long known: The rising cost of health care is the single largest driver of the gloomy long-term fiscal … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth’s Profits Better Than Expected

via WSJ United Health Group Inc. reported a better-than-expected 5.8% increase in earnings for its December quarter, as the health-care company continued to benefit from the growth in premium revenue outpacing medical costs. Shares of UnitedHealth were up $3.70, or … Continue reading

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The Effect of Eliminating the ACA’s Tax Credits in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces

via RAND Corporation In this research report, RAND Corporation researchers assess the expected change in enrollment and premiums in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)–compliant individual market in federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) states if the U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Poor Oversight Marred Health Site’s Launch

via WSJ The federal government skipped key contracting requirements when awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to build the troubled HealthCare.gov site, according to an inspector general’s report. The investigation published Tuesday by the Office of Inspector General for the … Continue reading

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States Stand Pat Ahead of Health-Law Ruling

via Wall Street Journal A push in states to protect consumers’ insurance tax credits in the face of a Supreme Court challenge is losing steam because of political and practical obstacles to reworking the health law’s exchanges, raising the stakes … Continue reading

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Some ObamaCare Progress

via Wall Street Journal Maybe the new Republican majority really is getting politically smarter about how to advance its economic agenda, at least if a Thursday vote on ObamaCare is the measure. Inexplicably, however, some conservatives have joined the White … Continue reading

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How ObamaCare Harms Low Income Workers

via Wall Street Journal The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to make health insurance affordable for people with modest incomes. Yet as the employer mandate begins to kick in for 2015, the law is already hurting some … Continue reading

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ACA Creates a Trickier Tax Season

via Wall Street Journal The first year of the Affordable Care Act is in the books, and now comes a tricky tax-filing season for millions of Americans. The law’s requirement that most Americans carry health insurance means all filers must … Continue reading

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