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As Obamacare enrollment opens, Az insurers continue to tweak plans

As open enrollment began this weekend for the third year of Obamacare, insurance carriers in Arizona were “still trying to figure … out” which types of plans work best for them and for their customers. An estimated 100,000 Arizonans who could have received discounts on marketplace health coverage did not enroll this year.... Read more»1


Health insurance lobby keeps Medicare Advantage overpayments flowing

Commentary: A Center for Public Integrity series documented abuses, but don't expect action from Congress. ... Read more»

Reporter's notebook

Pre-existing conditions bans—are they really gone?

After receiving a letter placing her on an insurance waiting list, Kaiser Health's Julie Rovner asks, "Seriously? Wasn't the health law was supposed to end that?"... Read more»


Potter: Beginning of the end for major health insurers

I’ve often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of reform. Starting tomorrow, October 1, 2014, that law will signify the beginning of the end of the health insurance industry as we know it.... Read more»

Bare-bones insurance plans expected to survive health law

Consumer Reports calls it “junk health insurance.” A California regulator described them as “skeleton policies.” To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they “are a perfect example of why health care reform is so crucial.” They are bare-bones health plans, and critics say they could leave consumers who become seriously ill on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to do away with them.... Read more»


Potter: The behind-the-scenes battle that could subvert Obamacare

Complex state level battle over stop-loss coverage could eliminate crucial consumer protections. ... Read more»


Potter: Who wins with Medicare Advantage?

The big five health insurance companies have begun reporting their third quarter 2012 earnings and so far, they are pleasing their shareholders with profits that are better than Wall Street expected, in large part because they are doing especially well in one key area: Medicare. ... Read more»


Why insurers want ObamaCare's Medicaid business

Pay no attention to GOP governors and House leaders; insurance firms need new customers.... Read more»


Seeking the truth about high-deductible health plans

Studies of the population at large, and conducted by nonprofit organizations that don’t sell insurance have found that high-deductible plans often are the wrong kind of coverage for many Americans. ... Read more»


Small businesses being 'purged' by insurance carriers

For several years now, insurance companies have been 'purging' small business accounts they no longer consider profitable enough or that their underwriters believe pose too much risk. ... Read more»

The president's mother and his struggle for health care reform

When President Barack Obama's mother struggled with being denied health care insurance, it may have been because he wasn't yet important enough to help her.... Read more»

News analysis

The false promise and big profits of ‘mini-med’ health plans

One of the reasons I left my job as a PR executive for the health insurance industry was because I could not in good conscience be a pitchman for the sort of fabulously profitable benefit plan that often provides little more than the illusion of coverage.... Read more»

Chamber seeks cash for anti-regulation effort

Even as it plowed tens of millions of dollars into ads this year to help mostly Republicans notch Congressional victories, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was initiating a new effort to raise millions more from energy, health insurance, financial services, and other firms to fund a new anti-regulatory campaign. ... Read more»

Think again

When money talks, who listens (besides politicians)?

Everybody knows money talks in politics, but people—and particularly the press—rarely pay attention to exactly how. It can define potential alternatives, invent arguments, inundate with propaganda, and threaten with merely hypothetical opposition.... Read more»