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Issue: "Uninsured"

Jackie Valley: Nevada Health Co-Op to Close, Leaving Thousands to Find New Insurance

Las Vegas Sun
Wed, 2015-08-26
The Nevada Health Co-Op, a consumer-owned and operated health plan created under the Affordable Care Act, is going out of business because of high costs, state officials announced Wednesday. Consumers insured by the co-op will be covered through Dec. 31, said Janel Davis, spokeswoman for the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. The Board of Directors for the co-op, which received $65.9 million worth of solvency loans from the federal government, voted to cease operations effective Jan. 1.

Shelby Perea: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Pulling out of New Mexico Exchange

KRQE News 13
Wed, 2015-08-26
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico announced on Wednesday it “will not offer individual on-exchange health insurance products on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange in 2016.” Officials say the rates of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico did not cover the claim costs in 2014 and 2015 according to Albuquerque Business First.

Ramesh Ponnuru: One Health-Care Question Republicans Must Answer

Bloomberg View
Tue, 2015-08-25
After talking about it endlessly, Republican presidential candidates are finally starting to get specific about how they intend to replace the Affordable Care Act. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released his plan last week. As the reaction to it shows, Republicans have to be ready with answers to a lot of hard questions.
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Robert Laszewski: Has Obamacare Really Reduced The Uninsured By 16 Million And Continued To Show Strong Growth?

Forbes
Sat, 2015-08-22
Recent reports have touted a significant drop in the number of uninsured and generally credited Obamacare for it. And, other reports have recently highlighted about 950,000 more people signing up for Obamacare since the 2015 open enrollment closed but haven’t said anything about the number of people who dropped their coverage during the same period. As one headline put it, “After Obamacare Number of Uninsured Hits Five Year-Low.” Now, this headline might be technically correct but it hardly gives us the proper impression for why the uninsured rate has dropped so low.
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Brendan Williams: SHOP Falls Short

The Hill
Fri, 2015-08-21
Most politicians like to rhapsodize about small businesses – Main Street as opposed to Wall Street – even if their contributions and voting records betray a preference for the latter. A leading claim made in support of passage of the Affordable Care Act was it would be good for small businesses. In his September 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress, President Obama touted the benefits for small businesses buying through an exchange: “As one big group, these customers will have greater leverage to bargain with the insurance companies for better prices and quality coverage. This is how large companies and government employees get affordable insurance.”

AP: Review Shows Feds Misstated Arizona Insurance Co-Op Results

The Associated Press
Fri, 2015-08-21
A federal government analysis that said Arizona's health insurance co-op had gotten just a fraction of its projected enrollment last year missed thousands of signups and incorrectly showed the state not-for-profit set up under the Affordable Care Act signed up only 4% of the people it expected in 2014.

Tom Miller: Rubio's Health Care Plan: Getting Beyond the Op-Ed

The American Enterprise Institute
Fri, 2015-08-21
Earlier this week, Florida Senator Marco Rubio tossed into the Republican presidential campaign ring an abbreviated version of his plan to fix health care. How does his approach (published in Politico magazine) compare to a somewhat more detailed plan released by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker the next day?
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Mará Rose Williams: Get Grad Students off University Subsidized Health Plans or Pay up, IRS Says

The Kansas City Star
Thu, 2015-08-20
Typical federal government right hand/left hand confusion has some graduate students at the University of Missouri in Columbia turning their pockets inside out to scrape together enough money to afford health benefits. On one hand, Obama administration education officials are pushing for colleges and universities to ease the rising cost of attending college, increase institutional need-based scholarships and do whatever they can to help students avoid drowning in student-loan debt. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article31634975.html#storylink=cpy

Avalere Health: More than 2 Million Exchange Enrollees Forgo Cost-Sharing Assistance

Avalere Health
Wed, 2015-08-19
A new Avalere analysis finds that more than 2 million exchange enrollees eligible for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) are not receiving the subsidies because they have selected a non-qualifying plan. In addition to the more publicized tax credits that lower consumers’ monthly premiums, exchange enrollees with incomes between 100 and 250 percent ($11,770 - $29,425) of the federal poverty level are eligible for CSRs. Exchange consumers must enroll in a plan on the silver metal level to access CSRs.

Henry Olsen: Walker, Rubio Health Plans Renew Reaganism for Our Age

RealClearPolitics
Wed, 2015-08-19
Two leading Republican presidential candidates, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, recently released concept papers that promise to provide “all Americans” with government-subsidized access to health insurance. This is a monumental development for both the campaign and for the conservative movement, one that breathes Ronald Reagan’s soul into the Republican nomination fight.
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