WASHINGTON — With uncertainty threatening the Affordable Care Act, states including Connecticut are making attempts — some more extensive than others — to keep insurers in their health care exchanges.
Kevin Counihan used to run the health insurance exchanges that serve most of the United States. Now he’s a customer. He talked to The Mirror about efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, why the health law has gotten more popular since Barack Obama left office, how to keep insurance companies from fleeing exchanges, and what can be done to make it easier to buy coverage.
The Obama administration is urging state insurance regulators to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them, and used one Connecticut company’s recent rate proposal to bolster its case.
WASHINGTON — As House Republicans once again voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week, there was further evidence the controversial bill is contributing to the good health of some of the nation’s major health insurers.
WASHINGTON – Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy invited dozens of Connecticut local officials, business executives and heads of non-profit agencies to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday for a day of accessing the sometimes puzzling ways of Washington.
Jim Wadleigh, the top information technology official at Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, will lead the agency on an interim basis after chief executive Kevin Counihan leaves for a top federal job next week.
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Kevin Counihan is resigning as the chief executive of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange to lead the once-troubled federal Obamacare marketplace. State officials announced a national search for a successor.
Officials say the in-person assistance program that helped thousands of state residents sign up for health care coverage last fall and winter will be back this fall for the next round of Obamacare enrollment. But it’s not clear where the money for it will come from, and some assisters worry because there’s been no public plan for it so far.
The number of uninsured in Connecticut likely dropped significantly after the major pieces of Obamacare took effect. But though officials say otherwise, the data aren’t yet available to say with confidence how much it dropped.
The percentage of Connecticut residents without health coverage has dropped by half since 2012, prior to implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey by the state’s health exchange and a Gallup poll that found the state with one of the nation’s 10 largest reductions.
Two federal courts issued conflicting rulings regarding Obamacare Tuesday, but their decisions aren’t expected to directly affect Connecticut residents.
When officials at Connecticut’s health insurance exchange learned about customers having problems with their coverage in May, they thought they were isolated cases. But now the exchange has discovered a programming flaw behind coverage problems affecting thousands of people.
Republican leaders say constituents have had their policies canceled because of problems with the state’s Obamacare exchange. Their claim isn’t entirely accurate, but people involved in insurance administration say problems are causing some people to lose coverage.
The backpack found on a Hartford street with personal information about customers of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange belonged to an employee of the agency’s call center vendor, according to the exchange.
The final numbers are in: Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, signed up 208,301 Connecticut residents in health care coverage.