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Death of GOP health care bill increases CT Dems’ calls to fix Obamacare

WASHINGTON — With the stunning failure of the GOP to win support for its health care bill Friday, Connecticut Democrats increased their calls for reforms to the Affordable Care Act that would keep it alive. “If they want to work together to enact improvements to the Affordable Care Act, I will be there,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Continue Reading →

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Anthem uncertain it will continue in CT’s individual market next year

This is a picture of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield logo at the company's Wallingford headquarters

The company’s president wrote that the insurer is likely to notify regulators this summer that Anthem will withdraw from the state’s individual market. She added Anthem might not actually choose to pull out of the market, but is required to give six months’ notice if it withdraws and needs to preserve its options. Continue Reading →

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2018 exchange plans could cover fewer hospitals, doctors, drugs

This is a photo of Pedro Lopez asking how long it will take to sign up for insurance at the Access Health CT store in New Britain.

Insurance companies that sell coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange next year will be allowed to cover fewer hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs under changes the exchange’s board approved Tuesday. Officials hope those changes could help offset rate increases caused by the increased price and use of medical care and prescription drugs. Continue Reading →

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Kevin Counihan on the ACA: ‘Whatever happens, Trump is going to own this’

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. Continue Reading →

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CT Obamacare exchange at a ‘critical crossroads,’ leader says

This is a picture of Access Health's New Britain store

Jim Wadleigh cited a new IRS policy that could affect the individual mandate, a proposed federal rule aimed at stabilizing insurance markets, and the ongoing uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act’s future. The exchange also has a budget crunch to fix. Continue Reading →

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With time running out, Obamacare signups lag amid uncertainties

The Access Health CT storefront in New Britain shortly after 10 a.m. Most of those in the waiting area were exchange staff.

With one day left in the sign-up period for private insurance coverage, the Connecticut health insurance exchange’s enrollment has slowed down compared to past years, and the marketplace’s chief executive thinks confusion about the future of Obamacare could be a factor. Continue Reading →

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