Feds ease rules on cheaper coverage, sparking consumer warnings on benefits
Fewer benefits. Riskier coverage. Buyer beware. The Trump administration issued a final rule Wednesday that promotes the sale of more “short-term’’ health plans, but the move immediately drew criticism from consumer advocates and health care industry organizations. The short-term plans don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions and can provide a limited... Read more
Unfrozen: Feds restore payments under disputed ACA program
The insurance exchange in Georgia and other states just got an injection of stability. And that’s good news for people buying individual or family coverage for next year. The Trump administration announced late Tuesday that it’s restoring the Affordable Care Act payments to insurers that it froze earlier this month. Those... Read more
Federal funding for ACA ‘navigators’ to drop dramatically in Georgia
The White House is again slashing funds for the “navigators’’ who help enroll people in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. The cuts will almost certainly reduce the in-person assistance provided to Georgians seeking an exchange health plan for next year. Macon-based Community Health Works, which oversees a navigator... Read more
Insurers caught off guard by feds’ freeze of ACA ‘sickness’ payments 
Just when the insurance market was looking calmer for the exchange in Georgia and other states, another event has shaken things up. In a weekend announcement, the Trump administration said it’s freezing payments under an Affordable Care Act program aimed at protecting insurers who have sicker patients from financial... Read more
Insurers seek modestly higher premiums for 2019 Georgia exchange
Premium increases of 2 percent to almost 15 percent would seem like bad news for Georgians needing health care coverage. But the rate hikes proposed by insurers for Georgia’s 2019 insurance exchange appear almost as a relief, compared with huge rate hikes a year ago — more than 50... Read more

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