From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Two months after advocacy group Families USA urged HHS to extend future enrollment periods to better align with tax-filing season, a new study examines psychological barriers that could keep some enrollees from buying health coverage before the Feb. 15, 2015, enrollment deadline. Tax preparation firms tell HEX that there are several reasons HHS should permanently move the deadline into April. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Carriers that priced their products too high for the 2014 plan year are proposing lower — in some cases substantially lower — rate hikes than competitors. And that premium right-sizing actually could translate to higher premiums as well as smaller federal premium subsidies for members unless they switch plans, according to an analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health. For carriers, the change in pricing could negatively impact renewals. Read more
From ACO Business News - Most value-based contracts with commercial insurers still feature shared savings and rewards for higher quality, but payers are eager to evolve those agreements so that they include more risk for primary care providers, and also begin to include specialists. Read more
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