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Obamacare open enrollment to begin amid shaky insurance market

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Open enrollment for health care coverage next year begins next week amid uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act and big increases in premiums for individuals and businesses that do not qualify for subsidies. Nevertheless, the health care law is still in effect and those required to enroll in a plan will face increasing penalties by the Internal Revenue Service if they fail to do so. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers hail deal to fix Obamacare, but Congress’ approval not assured

WASHINGTON – A rare bipartisan deal has been reached on one of the most contentious issues in Congress, the Affordable Care Act. It includes restoration of key payments to insurance companies that President Donald Trump cut off last week. Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers hailed the agreement, but it may run into trouble from conservative Republicans who don’t want to shore up Obamacare. Continue Reading →

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Attacked by Trump, insurers tout economic impact in CT, other states

WASHINGTON — Under attack from President Donald Trump, the nation’s insurers hit back Monday with a report aimed at showing the industry’s impact on the U.S. economy and the economies of every state, including Connecticut, where it said health insurers are a $1.15 billion business. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems say Trump ‘sabotaged’ ACA, ensuring rise in premiums

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he will end payments reimbursing insurers for lowering out-of-pocket costs for the poorest Americans, provoking cries of Affordable Care Act “sabotage” from Democrats and ensuring health insurance rates will rise for many Americans next year. Continue Reading →

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CT’s Wade weighs in with Obamacare fixes

As a key U.S. Senate panel continues to seek a bipartisan fix for the Affordable Care Act, the Connecticut Insurance Department weighed in with its suggestions, including allowing people to buy a new, cheaper, “copper-level” plan with fewer benefits and higher out-of-pocket costs. Continue Reading →

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Senate tries for a bipartisan compromise on Obamacare fixes

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel began on Wednesday the first of four hearings aimed at finding ways to shore up the Affordable Care Act’s fragile insurance markets, but reforms could be limited and come too late to help Connecticut’s marketplace, Access Health CT. Continue Reading →

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State asks Anthem, ConnectiCare, to file new rates

WASHINGTON – The Connecticut Insurance Department on Wednesday asked Anthem and ConnectiCare to submit new rate filings for 2018 based on the possibility the federal government would stop “cost-sharing reduction” payments to the insurers that subsidize lower co-payment and deductibles for low-income Americans. Continue Reading →

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Head of CT medical society says fix, not repeal, the Affordable Care Act

Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, sees the effect of the Affordable Care Act on doctors and patients every day. He knows what’s good about it and bad, and in this Sunday Conversation says why he wishes the nation’s legislators would include physicians in their healthcare debate. Continue Reading →

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Even with Obamacare’s survival, a shakeup in CT healthcare system threatens

WASHINGTON – Even though the U.S. Senate failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, some Connecticut residents might lose subsidies that would help pay their premiums while others could see sizable increases in their  premiums or a smaller choice of plans. Continue Reading →

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