It was a nail biter, but late last week UnitedHealthcare finally confirmed it would be offering individual and family plans in Maricopa County during the upcoming open enrollment on HealthCare.gov beginning November 1.
UnitedHealthcare is already a major local market force with nearly 1.7 million Arizona members across commercial,...National News
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death comes just weeks before the Supreme Court is set to hear another case to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act, casting doubt on its future.
A little over a week after Ginsburg's death, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement. It didn't take long before the...Health Related Groups
According to an undercover audit completed by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, some health insurance brokers provided misleading or false information to potential customers about whether their plans covered preexisting conditions.
The audit was requested by Senate Democrats with the intention of determining whether...National News
Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been central to the GOP crusade on healthcare since President Trump's election in 2016. He promised to overhaul the legislation and completely reform America's healthcare system right away, but now that SCOTUS could rule and declare it unconstitutional, there seems to be no...Arizona News
About 8.3 million Americans signed up or were re-enrolled in plans on HealthCare.gov during the 2020 open enrollment period (OEP), down about 5% year-over-year.
Arizona stayed on trend with a 5% enrollment decrease as only 153,020 residents selected or were automatically re-enrolled through the HealthCare.gov platform by the end...National News
In a 2-1 decision by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the court concluded that requiring Americans to have health insurance was unconstitutional, but the panel did not take up other provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and instead returned the case to the federal district judge in...Arizona News
This week, the Supreme Court heard a case alleging the government owes $12 billion it promised, but never paid to Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurers.
Back in 2010, Obamacare established a “risk-corridor” provision designed to encourage plans to take on risky, previously uninsurable enrollees. The program promised to...Arizona News
Arizona Complete Health, BCBSAZ, Bright Health, Cigna and Oscar Health are all prepping for open enrollment November 1.
Arizona Complete Health, with a dozen silver plans, offers the most options to enroll in the most popular metal-level plan. The insurer expanded its sales territory in 2020 beyond Maricopa and Pima counties and...Arizona News
In a speech given on Monday at the Better Medicare Alliance 2019 Medicare Advantage Summit, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma voiced concerns about the consequences a single-payer healthcare system including its impact on innovation with the elimination of private insurers.
Verma explicitly...Arizona News
A panel of three federal judges for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard 90 minutes of oral arguments on Tuesday defending or refuting a Texas district judges ruling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional in December. Millions of Americans depending on the ACA for healthcare are at risk of losing coverage if the...Arizona News
As the enrollment period comes to an end for HealthCare.gov on Dec. 15, total Arizona enrollment for week five closed with 55,090 plan selections - down from 2017's week five enrollment toal of 67,266.
The 39 states using HealthCare.gov reported 773,250 plan selections in week five and a total of about 3.2 million sign ups nationally...Government
Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed into law last week a bill that ensures Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits for residents of Hawaii.
The benefits protected include extending the coverage age to 26-years old, coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions and prohibiting the determination of premiums or contributions by using...Arizona News
A federal appellate court ruled last week that the federal government does not have to pay health insurers billions of dollars owed.
These payments were built into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a way to offer insurers protection from gains or losses on an exchange that was uncharted territory for insurers, according to Fierce...National News
On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule focused on making healthcare more attainable for small businesses. The rule allows small businesses and those self-employed to shop for joint health insurance depending on location or industry.
This final rule regulating association health plans is supported by Trump...National News