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Aetna to quit Iowa’s ACA exchange, may leave all others

WASHINGTON — Aetna announced Thursday it is leaving Iowa’s Affordable Care Act marketplace and is considering abandoning the three remaining state exchanges it sells policies in this year. Aetna’s is the latest in a steady drip-drip-drip of announcements from insurers about their concerns over staying in the ACA’s state exchanges. Continue Reading →

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Insurers: Repeal of ACA should go slowly, keep subsidies awhile

WASHINGTON – As Republicans in Congress begin work on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health insurers are telling lawmakers to keep paying subsidies to the companies and to low-income Americans so they can afford coverage. Insurers are also asking that Congress create a long transition period before changes to the ACA take effect. Continue Reading →

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Insurers uncertain as Congress looks to repeal Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON– Caught off guard by the political changes that make possible the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s insurers are hoping Congress will replace the health care law with something that allows them to stay in business – and even thrive. “The discussion right now about repeal and replacement is making the (insurance) market very, very nervous,” Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a Democrat, said. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro, Blumenthal propose Medicare Advantage change

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Rosa DeLauro are proposing bills that would prevent Medicare Advantage plans from dropping doctors without cause except during open enrollment periods. They explained their idea Monday at a roundtable discussion in Fairhaven. Continue Reading →

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