Topic: Insurance Premiums
Providers in rural communities are increasingly merging to avoid closure, but this ups payment rates and, by extension, premium prices in those areas.
CVS and Aetna agreed to sink $240 million into California's healthcare system and keep premium increases to a minimum.
The agency wants to prevent Medicare beneficiaries from accidentally enrolling in exchange plans and separate premium payments for abortions.
The repeal of cost-sharing reduction payments and the individual mandate penalty increased 2019 premiums by an average of 16%.
The guidance could ultimately allow states to shift more consumers toward plans that don't offer comprehensive coverage.
With average silver plan premiums declining in 2019, Verma said predictions from Trump critics have been "proven definitively untrue."
Almost half of low-income adults with chronic health conditions and employer-sponsored high-deductible insurance face crushing financial burdens.
Profitability in the individual market is starting to ramp significantly, according to second-quarter data from Kaiser Family Foundation.
After pulling in nearly $6 billion in net earnings over the first half of 2018, UnitedHealth spent more than $3.1 billion on buybacks.
Employer-sponsored insurance premiums grew 5% in 2018 for family plans, on average, and 3% for individual plans.