January 15th is the last chance to enroll clients

  January 15, 2016 is the last day for consumers to enroll in coverage through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) to start on February 1, 2016. As the deadline approaches, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects heavier-than-normal traffic at the Marketplace Call Center and at HealthCare.gov. For suggestions on how to have a…

2017 Annual Letter to Issuers and Uniform Rate Review Timeline

Good Afternoon – Today CMS/CCIIO released the draft 2017 Letter to Issuers (Letter), which provides guidance to issuers that want to offer Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) in the Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) for the 2017 plan year.  Parts of this Letter apply to issuers in State-based Marketplaces using the Federal Platform (SBM-FPs). The guidance addresses…

Congress blocks bailout of ObamaCare insurers in spending bill

December 16th, 2015 | By: Philip Klein The spending bill released by Congress overnight dealt a victory to Obamacare oponents, blocking a bailout of insurers reporting losses throught he healthcare program. Payments to insurers through a once-obscure provision within the law known as the risk corridors have become a major issue as insurers have been…

UnitedHealth says it should have stayed out of the PPACA exchange system longer

December 1st, 2015 | By: Zachary Tracer (Bloomberg) – The biggest U.S. health insurer should have stayed out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange system longer, UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s chief executive officer said Tuesday, after the company said last month that it will take hundreds of millions of dollars in losses…

Many eligible for ObamaCare subsidies not claiming them, study finds

Most of those eligible for health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act failing to claim them, according to a new study. Researchers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute estimated that more than 24 million people were eligible for ObamaCare tax credits last year. By March, only 41 percent of them…

View: Cost of cheapest PPACA plans is soaring

November 4th, 2015 | By: Megan Mcardle Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2016 premium data for the “benchmark” plans in the states that use the federal HealthCare.gov exchange enrollment system. Those are the “second-lowest-cost Silver plans” in each area, with the second lowest-cost silver plan being a benchmark…

2016 Registration and Training is Now Available

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that plan year 2016 Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) agent and broker registration and training is now available. Training will be offered by CMS on the new Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS), as well as through the following CMS-approved vendors: * America’s Health…

Republican plans to replace PPACA have a problem: House Republicans

August 20th, 2015 | By: Sahil Kapur A dilemma facing Republican presidential candidates who want to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is how to care for people with preexisting conditions. While polls show that the law isn’t popular, Americans also don’t want to return to an era where they can be…