From AIS's Health Reform Week - With billions of federal dollars at stake, an increasing number of Republican-controlled states are reconsidering their opposition to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Twenty-five mostly “blue states” already have tapped that voluntary expansion option, which allows them to access increased federal dollars to cover residents with annual incomes up to 138% starting in 2014. But now, at least a half-dozen holdout states are indicating a new interest in alternative ways of expanding the program, including by leveraging the private market. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - In May, insurance carriers will begin filing their 2015 rates for the products they intend to sell on government-run exchanges next fall. But actuaries are just beginning to analyze the limited information they have on the 2014 exchange enrollees, including their potential risk. Read more
From AIS's Health Reform Week - Fewer than expected employers so far have gone on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchange to purchase their workers’ health coverage. Multiple implementation delays, technical glitches, inflexible rules and relatively expensive offerings have dampened enrollment numbers and put the viability of the program in jeopardy, some observers contend. While CMS has yet to release federal SHOP enrollment figures, some states are reporting just a handful of employers tapping… Read more
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