The CMS is distributing unspent Obamacare funds to support the marketplaces in 30 states and D.C., with an emphasis on exchange flexibility.
The CMS issued a final rule to resume its risk-adjustment payments to insurance companies with plans on the individual market. The program is slated to shuffle $10 billion for 2017.
Alabama and Illinois are the first states to take advantage of new flexibility to define the essential health benefits that certain insurers must provide. Their approaches show how some seek to bolster their ACA markets while others weaken them.
Between 2010 and 2017, more than 19 million people moved from the ranks of the uninsured to insured. With the 2019 open-enrollment season fast approaching, here's a look at some key demographic data.
The CMS sent a rule to the White House for review that may resume risk-adjustment payments to insurers. Patient advocates have claimed the agency was trying to sabotage the insurance exchanges by eliminating billions in payments.
The 1.4 million Californians who buy coverage on the state's individual insurance exchange will pay more in 2019 in part because the federal government zeroed out the federal penalty for not enrolling in coverage.
Bright Health joins Oscar Health in expanding into new markets, signaling the startup's bullish view of the increasingly expensive Obamacare exchanges.
The CMS is chopping funding available for federal exchange navigators to $10 million, down from $36 million last year. Groups winning contracts will be expected to promote not just qualified health plans but also association and short-term plans as well.
The CMS' suspension of the ACA's risk-adjustment payments will hit large insurers the hardest, but the timing and rollout has drawn sharp condemnation for causing more individual market turmoil for 2019.
More insurers are expected to offer individual health plans on more Affordable Care Act exchanges for 2019. The big question is whether they will expand into rural counties.
Health insurer exits from the exchanges, expensive premiums and limited commissions for those who enroll individuals in exchange plans have driven brokers and agents out of the market, the CMS said.
The Trump administration's decision to expand access to association health plans will encourage healthy people to seek the cheaper, less robust coverage options but also could lead millions to forgo coverage, according to Labor Department officials.