Health Reform

From Health Plan Weekly - Despite Congress’ latest failure to pass an Affordable Care Act (ACA) stabilization package, some insurers have publicly stated their commitment to the individual exchanges, and experts say they think carriers are mostly in a good position to weather the challenges they face. One headwind is the repeal of the tax penalty associated with the individual mandate, which goes into effect in 2019. S&P analyst Deep Banerjee predicts that while the repeal won’t cause a meaningful decline in ACA exchange enrollment, insurers are likely to respond by raising their rates. Read more

From Health Plan Weekly - Iowa’s state lawmakers recently advanced a bill that would allow the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) to offer non-ACA-compliant health coverage administered by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. “It’s one more state trying to provide options other than an ACA compliant plan to their constituents,” says attorney Christopher Condeluci, a former Republican staffer for the Senate Finance Committee during the ACA’s drafting. Read more

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