Idaho Health Plan Says it Will Not Comply with the Affordable Care Act

Earlier this week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Idaho announced it would offer options in 2019 that would violate key Affordable Care Act principles. These options would not offer minimum Essential Benefits and could deny coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions, which violates the 2010 law. Idaho’s potential challenge to the health care law has national significance. The Trump Administration’s …

Will Association Insurance be allowed again?

Reuters reported in an article this week that “The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rule to allow Americans who are self-employed or work for small businesses to buy health insurance that does not comply with all Obamacare requirements in an effort to unwind the 2010 healthcare law. The rule, put forward by the Department of Labor, would allow individuals …

ObamaCare Open Enrollment dips to 8.7 million

The reduced enrollment, announced by the marketplace this week, is a 500,000 drop from last year, and down about 1.3 million from earlier years.    2.8 million people didn’t do anything and so automatically got renewed in their current plan, at the new higher price in many cases. Why it happened seems to depend on your view of the world  For …

$200,000 to sign up on person on ObamaCare

From CNBC 11/22/17.  For the full article click here.   A group that is supposed to help Native Americans sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage in South Dakota received $200,000 in federal funds to support its efforts — and managed to sign up just one person in an Obamacare plan, the Trump administration said Wednesday. The group, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s …

So what, exactly, did Trump eliminate on the Subsidies?

The President, in signing an executive order this past week, stopped all payments for Cost-sharing Subsidies.  Now, in a language most of you can understand:  This does not eliminate subsidies.  The Government is continuing to pay these and apparently will continue “Cost-sharing Subsidies” are only received by those on Silver plans below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level The plans …