Gregory A. Freeman is a contributing writer.
The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land for the foreseeable future, but health plans will continue to pull out of the insurance marketplaces and feed uncertainty, one analyst says.
Adopting more efficient ways to collect and analyze patient data for risk adjustments will help health plans maximize reimbursements.
Health plan leaders are "giddy" over repealing the health insurance tax, but believe that losing the individual mandate will deprive them of the much-needed healthy, young customers.
The GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act includes a penalty for forgoing insurance that can be higher than the current charge. As many as 30 million people could be affected, according to a Commonwealth Fund analysis.
Reverting to a pre-ACA insurance market model may be more challenging to commercial payers than dealing with the competition of the exchanges.
A strategy of requiring healthcare providers to publish their rates and offer the same discounts to all health plans could result in more competition and options for consumers, says one expert.
Repealing the health insurance tax would lower health plan premiums about 3%, says the healthcare insurance industry's top advocacy group.
The Trump administration's first move on Obamacare would shorten health plan enrollment periods and beef up pre-enrollment eligibility verification.
The Department of Justice argued that a merger of Anthem and Cigna would allow them to monopolize the market, but the agency's concerns didn't end there.
Anthem CEO Joseph R. Swedish said he was "significantly disappointed" with the federal judge's decision and claimed the merger would save consumers more than $2 billion in medical costs annually.