Aetna sees surge in individual ACA plans; New York insurers must cover gender reassignment surgery;

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> Aetna is "starting to see" a surge in enrollment in individual Affordable Care Act plans, President Karen Rohan said in an analyst meeting, Reuters reported. The insurer sells ACA plans in 17 states. Article

> Insurers in New York state cannot deny gender reassignment surgery or similar treatment if a doctor has deemed it medically necessary, according to the New York Times. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said it's because state law requires coverage for the treatment of psychological disorders. Article

> Add churches to the list of community groups spreading the word about the upcoming ACA enrollment deadline. That's part of the strategy in Maryland, which so far this year has seen an uptick in enrollment, according to the Baltimore Sun. Article

Healthcare Policy News

> As same-sex marriage rights expand around the country, it's time for medical facilities to follow suit when it comes to the rights of patients and their spouses, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed. Article

Healthcare Finance News

> A new report by the Consumer Financial Bureau paints an unsettling portrait as to the extent of medical debt in the U.S. and how it affects individual patients: Approximately 42.9 million Americans have medical debt that has not yet been paid. Article

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