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,…

Aetna CEO Threatened Obamacare Pullout If Feds Opposed Humana Merger

August, 17th 2016 | By: Jonathan Cohn and Jeffrey Young The big health care news this week came from Aetna, which announced on Monday it was dramatically scaling back participation in the Affordable Care Act ― thereby reducing insurer competition and forcing customers scattered across 11 states to find different sources of coverage next year. Aetna…

Aetna to drop some Affordable Care Act markets

August 15th, 2016 | By: The Wall Street Journal Aetna Inc. will withdraw from 11 of the 15 states where it currently offers plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, becoming the latest of the major national health insurers to pull back sharply from the law’s signature marketplaces after steep financial losses. Aetna’s move will…

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,…

Health insurer Aetna backs off ObamaCare expansion plans

August 2nd, 2016 | By: Associated Press Aetna became the latest health insurer to cast doubt upon its future in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges after it called off a planned expansion Tuesday and suggested it could abandon that market completely. A departure by Aetna, the nations’ third-largest insurer, could further reduce the number…

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…