Health exchange board delays vote on plans again
Short-Term Bill Eighty House Republicans — less than half of the caucus — sent an Aug. 21 letter to Boehner urging him to defund the health-care law as part of a short-term bill to fund government operations. In the Senate, Cruz and Lee have 13 signatures — also less than half of the chambers Republicans — on a similar letter. You effectively cant defund the ACA, said Joseph Antos, a health analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based policy group that supports free markets. For instance, a lot of the activity involves contracts that have already been let with private parties, he said.
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Aetna pulls out of another Obamacare health exchange
health insurer has said it is seeking to limit its exposure to the risks of providing health plans to America’s uninsured, but did not give details about its decision to pull out of specific markets. “We believe it is critical that our plans not only be competitive, but also financially viable, in order to meet the long-term needs of the exchanges in which we choose to participate. On New York, as a result of our analysis, we reluctantly came to the conclusion to withdraw,” Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener said. The New York decision comes as states finalize the roster of health plans that will be offered to millions of uninsured Americans beginning on October 1. Aetna and its newly acquired Coventry Health unit, a low-cost provider that caters to individuals and Medicaid beneficiaries and provides private Medicare policies, still have applications to sell coverage in 10 states, based on publicly available information.
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1. “This board action was taken in order to provide as many health coverage options to consumers as possible,” Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, said in a written statement after the vote. Of the nine companies that applied to sell health plan in the exchange, the four that were preliminarily approved were Bridgespan, Group Health Cooperative, Premera Blue Cross and LifeWise, a subsidiary of Premera. The companies that applied but were not approved for the exchange were Moda Health Plan Inc., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care Co. and Molina Healthcare of Washington Inc. Only insurance companies approved by the upcoming vote will be able to offer individual health insurance through Washington’s exchange during the open enrollment period, between Oct.
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