Tag: Insurance

Are Health Plans That Cover Yoga the ‘Next Frontier’? »

When a leading benefits consultant writes an article in the Harvard Business Review recommending that health plans cover yoga, it should be glaringly apparent that we have perverse incentives in U.S. health benefits: Cigna insurance CEO David Cordani says the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ recent payment changes that emphasize quality over quantity…
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Obamacare’s Effect on Uninsured Is Trivial »

At the end of 2014, Jason Furman and Matt Fiedler of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers published an analysis of the uninsured in the first half of 2014. The two economists boasted that “2014 Has Seen Largest Coverage Gains in Four Decades, Putting the Uninsured Rate at or Near Historic Lows.” Their own…
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CROmnibus and Cronyism for Blue Health Plans? »

Despite the end of Obamacare’s “bailout” for health insurers, some of our friends who seek to repeal and replace Obamacare insist on finding a crony capitalist under every bed and in every closet. Yuval Levin, at National Review Online, appears to have been the first to identify an adjustment to an insurance regulation, buried in the…
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Consumer-Driven Plans Increase Share of Employer-Based Benefits »

Consumer-driven health plans seized five more points of market share in the employer-based benefits market, according to Mercer’s latest report: Mercer survey finds average total health benefit cost per employee rose 3.9% in 2014; Enrollment in high-deductible, consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) jumps from 18% to 23% of all covered employees following a surge of new…
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“Cadillac Tax” Will Hit 38 Percent of Employers in 2018 »

The “Cadillac tax” is the excise tax on high-value health plans, which goes into effect in 2018. If the value of health benefits exceeds $10,200 for an individual or $27,000 for a family, the excise tax will be 40 percent. A new report from the American Health Policy Institute breaks down the effect on employers. As…
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Administration Continues to Stonewall on Obamacare Exchange Enrollment »

Back in May, the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) suddenly stopped issuing monthly reports on enrollment in Obamacare’s health-insurance exchanges. The administration had used these reports to ramp up the cheer-leading for Obamacare’s “successful” recruitment of 8.1 million people by the end of the first open-enrollment period on March 31 (or, actually, sometime…
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Obamacare Premiums Increased Dramatically for Every Age Group in 2014 »

HealthPocket, an online insurance broker, has measured the increase in premiums for every age group in Obamacare versus the pre-Obamacare individual market. Their conclusion: Premiums increased by double digits for every age group. What I find really surprising is the increase in rates for 63-year olds: 37.5 percent for women and 22.7 percent for men….
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Government Buries Evidence of Poor Access to Care under Obamacare »

Thank providence for USA Today, which has given us yet another story describing how poor access to health care is under Obamacare. People who fell for navigators’ sales pitches and signed up for Obamacare are discovering that it is junk insurance: “The exchanges have become very much like Medicaid,” says Andrew Kleinman, a plastic surgeon and president…
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A New Obamacare Lawsuit from the Former Top Obamacrat »

Here’s one from the “you can’t make this up” files: The Department of Health and Human Services is in the spotlight for claims it is violating the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit was filed by Mehri & Skalet attorney Jay Angoff, who used to oversee ACA implementation for HHS. Filed on behalf of a…
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Obamacare Will Devour Your Pay Raise »

Mercer’s latest National Survey of Employer Sponsored Health Plans finds that the cost of employer-based benefits will jump significantly in 2015. Employee-benefits writer Stephen Miller, CEBS, reports: Employers in the U.S. are predicting that health benefit cost per employee will rise by 3.9 percent on average in 2015, preliminary results from a new survey by Mercer…
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