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States step up their open enrollment outreach in response to federal cuts

Emily Boerger | Nov 2, 2017 | California, Oregon, Texas

With open enrollment officially underway, the coming weeks will reveal how the shortened enrollment period and the Trump administration’s cuts to advertising and outreach efforts will impact the number of enrollees this year. At the end of August, the Department of Health and Human Services, announced they would cut the...[ Read More ]

President's Opioid Commission releases recommendations

Emily Boerger | Nov 2, 2017 | Federal

One week ago, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Yesterday, his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a report outlining a series of recommendations to prevent opioid addiction, reduce the supply of opioids, and boost research and development in new treatment...[ Read More ]

Column: Media Accountability & Health Care

, | Nov 1, 2017 | Federal

This series titled “Column: Healthcare Accountability” is sponsored content from our partners at Axene Health Partners.  AHP offers highly specialized health care actuarial and consulting services across a number of states.  We have curated this content because we think it adds value to the work our readers are engaged in.  As always,...[ Read More ]

For some Texans, cheaper to buy gold plans than silver

| Oct 31, 2017 | Texas

Texas is one of twelve states on healthcare.gov that has counties where the average monthly premium for a silver plan is higher than the average monthly premium for a gold plan, without taking subsides into account. Due to President Trump’s consistent threats to stop cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), which he...[ Read More ]

Hawaii's silver plans more expensive than gold

| Oct 31, 2017 | Hawaii

Hawaii is one of twelve states on healthcare.gov where the average monthly premium for a silver plan is higher than the average monthly premium for a gold plan, without taking subsides into account. Due to President Trump’s consistent threats to stop cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), which he ultimately did, insurers...[ Read More ]

Kreidler: Court decision on cost sharing disappointing

| Oct 25, 2017 | Washington

Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued the following statement about today’s court ruling on President Trump’s decision to halt federal funding that assists consumers with health insurance. The court’s decision is disappointing and means that many people will pay higher rates for health plans in 2018. This is what...[ Read More ]