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New ACA Rules Would Reduce Coverage, Raise Consumer Costs

The Trump administration issues new rules for families and children who receive insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges that will make it harder to enroll, increase out-of-pocket costs and reduce federal subsidies, experts said.

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Loss of Protections Could Return Healthcare Coverage to Pre-ACA Days

As the Trump administration looks to make radical changes in the way that health care is delivered, a new report suggests that eliminating current consumer protections will make it more difficult for families and children to obtain affordable coverage.

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Healthcare Spending for Privately Insured Rose 4.6 Percent

Growth in U.S. healthcare spending for the privately insured accelerated in 2015, due primarily to price increases, a report from the Health Care Cost Institute finds.

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GOP’s ACA Repeal Would Kill the State’s Individual Insurance Markets

The evidence shows that the individual market is becoming more stable, not less. In contrast, repeal would set up the perfect conditions for a death spiral. The evidence shows that the individual market is becoming more stable, not less. In contrast, repeal would set up the perfect conditions for a death spiral.

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ACA Enrollments Continue Growing Despite Repeal Threat

Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace enrollment is running ahead of last year’s pace even though the incoming Trump administration has placed repeal of the measure at the top of its agenda.

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California Seen as Biggest Loser with Repeal of Obamacare

“While the nation debates whether President-elect Trump saved 730 manufacturing jobs in Indiana, nearly seven times that many jobs could be lost in Kern County (Bakersfield, CA) alone if the ACA is repealed..."

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Conservative Think Tank Scholar Suggests Ways to Deal with ACA

President-elect Donald Trump and most Republicans campaigned on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on day one of a Trump presidency. Failing to fulfill that promise will send a signal to millions of frustrated voters that Republicans cannot be trusted, warns Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the conservative-oriented Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) in Dallas, TX. Trump’s pending actions on the ACA are of concern to more than 20 million newly insured Americas -- a significant portion of them are people over age 50 but not yet eligible for Medicare.

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Commonwealth Fund Releases Latest Health Care ‘Scorecard’ Results

If you live in Hawaii, the Upper Midwest, New England, or the San Francisco area, chances are you enjoying a pretty good health care delivery system -- better than those who live in the South and West. That’s one of the takeaways from the latest “health care scorecard” released this week by the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund.

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Changes Made in ACA-related ‘Special Enrollment Periods’

If you’re uninsured and over 50 but not yet eligible for Medicare, then the Health Insurance Marketplace provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are likely important to you. This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making changes in some of the administrative rules governing the Marketplace.

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2014 Healthcare Expenditures Increase under Obamacare

The report concludes that the increase in spending growth from 2013 was primarily driven by millions of new people with health insurance coverage, a result of the Affordable Care Act, and by rapidly rising prescription drug costs.

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