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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      November 2, 2017
  
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  "Today, 12 states have at least 90% of Medicaid populations covered by private plans, up from nine last year , and only four in 2013, and five states have 99% or more of their (Medicaid) beneficiaries in a private plan, up from only two last year." 

 
-Ari Gottlieb, Director of Healthcare Services & Payer Strategy, PwC
 
Factoid
 
  According to the report from the Department of Health and Human Services, premiums are increasing for the average "benchmark" plans by about 37%. But tax credit subsidies are also rising, meaning more people will be able to purchase insurance at lower rates. Nearly 80% of ObamaCare enrollees will be able to find plans for less than $75 per month after tax credits. That’s an increase from 71% over plan-year 2017.

Source: The Hill
 
   
News 
  Nearly all HealthCare.gov counties offer no-premium plans
The Washington Times, November 2, 2017
 
200 health, business groups endorse bipartisan ObamaCare bill
The Hill, November 1, 2017
 
Update on IRS Penalties for Employers That Fail to File ACA-Mandated
ACA Times, November 1, 2017
  
Funding For ACA Sign-Up Campaigns Varies Widely From State To State
Kaiser Health News, November 1, 2017
 
Roadblocks To Affordable Care Act Enrollment
Kaiser Health News, November 1, 2017
 
Aetna's profits rise 39% despite revenue shortfall
Becker's Hospital Review, October 31, 2017
 
Payer-provider collaboration is central to ongoing healthcare reform
Fierce Healthcare, October 30, 2017
 
CMS proposed rule opens door to skimpier health plans, higher patient costs
Modern Healthcare, October 30, 2017
 
How Premiums Are Changing In 2018
Kaiser Family Foundation, October 30, 2017
   
HHS report: ObamaCare premiums rise significantly
The Hill, October 30, 2017
 
 
 
Blogs
  Insurers Add 1 Million Medicaid Patients In 2017 Amid Failed Obamacare Repeals
Forbes, October 31, 2017
 
CVS-Aetna deal could have same result as telecom mergers — higher prices
Los Angeles Times, October 31, 2017
  
 
    
HealthshareTV video
 

 
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Can you imagine having your detailed healthcare pricing published in the Wall Street Journal? The thought makes most health systems cringe with concern that they’d lose money on the unknown. And yet every other major consumer category includes pricing up front.
 

 
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Healthsprocket List 
 
  Julie Rovner: 5 Things to Know About ACA at Year 5
 
1. The health law has NOT been repealed.
2. The requirement for most people to have insurance is also still in effect.
3. Continue reading here

Source: Kaiser Health News
 
      
 
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