‘Catastrophic’ policies part of sweeteners in latest health care bill
For most people, the biggest attraction in the bipartisan health care bill in the Senate is the renewal of federal cost-sharing payments to insurers, which President Trump recently cut off. Approval could help stabilize the exchange markets now jolted by impending price hikes. But individuals ages 30 to 64... Read more
Trump’s latest move shakes ACA, but effect was foreseen in Georgia
On one level, the White House’s pledge late Thursday to stop cost-sharing payments to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act won’t make a major difference in Georgia. That’s because three of the four health insurers offering coverage on the state exchange have already factored in the likely elimination of the... Read more
Trump approves looser rules on ‘association health plans’
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that would potentially ease rules on “association health plans’’ and on the sale of short-term, low-cost insurance policies. Because federal agencies must develop the regulations and guidance for these changes, no significant changes will occur for months. Trump said Thursday that “with these actions we are... Read more
As open enrollment nears, insurance exchanges face plenty of uncertainty
Details surrounding the 2018 health insurance exchanges appear as murky as ever, despite the demise this week of the latest U.S. Senate effort to change federal health law. And amid this uncertainty, open enrollment for exchange coverage begins just a month from now. Even the premium increases for Georgia’s 2018... Read more
State accepts big hikes on 2018 exchange; now it’s up to the feds
State insurance officials Wednesday gave approval to premium increases of more than 50 percent for the four insurers participating in next year’s insurance exchange in Georgia. The officials said that the huge rate hikes assume that subsidies for insurers to lower consumers’ out-of-pocket costs will not be paid next year by... Read more

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