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
Abrams pushing health care as a key issue in her campaign for governor
Stacey Abrams is making health care a central issue of her campaign for Georgia governor. The Democratic nominee this week issued a statement reiterating her call for the state to expand its Medicaid program. Abrams also pointed to gains from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, especially... Read more
Will pre-existing condition protection survive in court?
Joy Kramer was diagnosed with lymphoma 13 years ago. She recovered a year later, and remains cancer-free today at 59. But for years after her treatment, Kramer fought to get affordable insurance. Her premiums and deductibles soared because of her pre-existing medical condition. For a while she gave up,... Read more
Rate of uninsured creeping back up, surveys show
Two recent surveys point to an expected but troubling trend: The U.S. rate of uninsured people is rising. And the increase may continue into next year. The Commonwealth Fund on Tuesday released a survey of working-age Americans that found that 15.5 percent were estimated to lack health insurance coverage as of February... Read more

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