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ACA marketplace enrollment in Texas reached record high in 2021

| May 21, 2022 | Texas

The number of ACA marketplace enrollees grew by 550,000, or 42%, to 1.8 million people in 2021. According to recent CMS open enrollment data, Texas has witnessed the fastest growth since 2019 and the largest percentage increase last year in the country.     Overall, 94% of enrollees received financial...[ Read More ]

Waiver would expand health care coverage to Washingtonians regardless of immigration status

| May 19, 2022 | Washington

Washington State officials are seeking the federal government’s approval for a waiver that would expand health care coverage to residents regardless of their immigration status.     The Washington Benefit Exchange (Exchange) submitted a Section 1332 waiver to the federal government on May 13th. If approved, the waiver will provide...[ Read More ]

Division of Insurance partners with ORCAA to protect Colorado insurance consumers

| Apr 22, 2022 | Colorado

Cathy O’Neil and her firm will support the DOI’s implementation of a law that restricts the use of consumer data by insurers. Last summer, Governor Polis signed Senate Bill (SB) 21-169 - Restrict Insurers' Use of External Consumer Data - into law, which protects Colorado consumers from insurance practices that...[ Read More ]

Bill to implement affordability assistance for California Health Benefit Exchange passes committee hearing

| Apr 6, 2022 | California

Senate Bill 944 moved out of the Senate Health Committee on March 23, following its hearing, with a 9-2 vote.     The bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Pan (D–Sacramento), would require Covered California to eliminate deductibles for all benefits and substantially reduce cost sharing, including copays, coinsurance, and maximum...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers advance bills to ease financial burden for Medi-Cal beneficiaries

| Mar 31, 2022 | California

Two Medi-Cal bills, both sponsored by Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno), recently passed a hearing in the Assembly Committee on Health. The bills address deductibles for “medically needy” people with higher incomes that qualify for Medi-Cal through cost-sharing, as well as premiums and copayments for pregnant and postpartum individuals, children, and...[ Read More ]

Covered California says many Californians will lose coverage if ARPA premium subsidies expire

| Mar 10, 2022 | California

A new report published by Covered California identifies the potential impact to consumers if increased health insurance subsidies that were part of the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) are allowed to expire at the end of 2022.      The report finds that all consumers would face significant premium increases and...[ Read More ]