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TAG: AFFORDABLE CARE ACT



Two Lemmata

CMS announces that premiums for the benchmark silver plans with actually go down in 2019, reversing several years of double-digit increases.

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Separation of Powers

A judge’s ruling that cost reduction payments to insurers is unconstitutional because Congress never authorized the funding is the latest threat to the Affordable Care Act.

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Proton Torpedoes

A provision buried in the 2015 omnibus budget bill puts a crimp in the risk corridor payments to insurance companies, which could have a long term impact on the Affordable Care Act.

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Shaving with Ockham

As the employer mandate extends to businesses with 50-100 employees in 2016, one commentator sees a faint potential risk that leads to a suggestion of even more government intervention.

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More Kibble Commentary

Almost all of the gain in getting more people insured through the Affordable Care Act has come through the expansion of Medicaid and not by getting more people covered through their employer-provided insurance.

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Bad Kibbles

With the third enrollment period for exchange plans now open, the number of people enrolled through mandated employer coverage is falling far short of expectations.

 

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More Party Gifts

CMS announces the 2014 payments that will be made to insurance companies to cover high members on their exchange plans.

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Prophecy

Though the Affordable Care Act slants the rules of the game to favor large organizations, there is no evidence to date that this is solving the core issue. That is the opening for independent physicians.

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Losers, or Just Not Winners?

All of the big segments in healthcare cheered the King v. Burwell decision, except for independent physicians. Though there is not an immediate harm to physicians, the continuing shift favors the large players.

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Tim Coan, ALN’s CEO, writes an insightful and witty blog three times a week about a variety of topics relevant to independent physician practices.

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