Blog: To cure ACA exchange ills, why not merge the entire individual insurance market?

August 24th, 2016 | By: Harris Meyer  The hand-wringing over insurer pullouts and premium spikes in the Affordable Care Act exchanges is growing frantic since Aetna announced last week it would exit from the marketplaces in 11 of the 15 states where it currently sells plans. UnitedHealthcare and Humana previously had retreated from the exchanges,…

3 ways Aetna shook the ACA’s foundations

August 2nd, 2016 | By: Allison Bell Aetna executives were kinder to the Affordable Care Act public exchange system and market rules in the first quarter than executives at some of the company’s competitors. Mark Bertolini, chairman of the Hartford, Connecticut-based company, said improving and saving the ACA exchange system would be a good investment,…

National Health Spending to Surpass $10,000 a Person in 2016

July 13th, 2016 | By Robert Pear National health spending will average more than $10,000 a person this year for the first time, the Obama administration said Wednesday, a milestone that heralds somewhat faster growth in health spending after several years of exceptionally low growth. By 2025, the administration reported, health care will represent 20…

Capitol Report – Serving the people of the 136th District

Helping Elderly and Disabled Missourians The House approved legislation this week that would implement more reasonable asset limits for elderly and disabled Missourians who hope to qualify for Medicaid. Current law allows an individual to have only $1,000 in assets to qualify for Medicaid assistance. A married couple has an asset limit of $2,000. The…

CMS’ proposed Medicare Advantage 2017 rates spark insurer shares boost

February 19th, 2016 | By: Jeff Byers & Shalina Chatlani  Dive Brief: Friday, CMS unveiled proposed rates for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug programs. Medicare Advantage has reached record enrollments since the ACA was implemented. More than 17.1 million beneficiaries have enrolled in the program, a cumulative increase of 50% since 2010.…