Affordable Care Act

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Employer-sponsored plan enrollment steady

Consumers enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans over the last two years are largely staying in those plans, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Hospitals pay big price for lack of Medicaid expansion

There is a constituency paying a steep price decisions not to expand  Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act: local and regional hospitals, and often facilities that serve the public.

Physicians paid very little to improve care

The Affordable Care Act and the move from volume-based to value-based care was supposed to transform how the industry paid providers. But little has changed, according to a new  study  in the  Annals of Family Medicine, 

Looking past King v. Burwell: Business implications for health insurance plans

For insurance plans, the  King v. Burwell  decision affirms tax credits will be available for the 6.4 million who might have lost coverage. It also has the immediate effect of temporarily stabilizing premiums and likely participation in the 19,000,000 enrollee individual insurance market. But beyond this, a number of issues and challenges relevant to insurers remain as part of the unfolding of the Affordable Care Act's implementation.

Hospitals will have to engage in major expense reduction for financial success

Despite relatively dramatic growth in hospital spending over the past year and the expansion of health insurance coverage to millions of Americans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, acute care facilities still struggle with eroding margins.

UPDATED: 7.5M people pay fee for not signing up for health insurance

About 6.6 million people paid the "individual responsibility payment" fee rather than sign up for individual insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, an Internal Revenue Service report shows.

Why Tavenner's new post, Aetna-Humana merger show Medicare Advantage's strength

Both the Aetna-Humana merger deal and the news that Marilyn Tavenner will take the helm of America's Health Insurance Plans underscore just how important Medicare Advantage has become to the country's private health insurers, according to  Forbes.

Contraception coverage rules don't impede religious freedom, court rules

The Affordable Care Act provision that requires religious employers to provide contraceptive coverage unless they apply to opt out does not constitute a "substantial burden" on a Roman Catholic order of nuns' freedom of religion, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

ACA may not be what's driving health insurance industry consolidation

Those who think that the Affordable Care Act has led to health insurance company consolidation are flat wrong, Wendell Potter writes in an opinion piece for the Center for Public Integrity.

Funding cuts hamper states' efforts to help customers navigate health insurance exchanges

Despite the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, funding cuts have led some states to reduce their efforts to help people sign up for health insurance through either federal or state-based exchanges.