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Partisanship Remains the Strongest Predictor of Overall Views of the ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) now is gaining more popularity than ever, yet the overall partisan divide has gotten larger, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. The researchers studied 102 public ...
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News Briefs

✦ Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment grew by 9.4% year over year in February 2020, covering approximately 24.4 million lives, according to an analysis by Axios. The growth rate increased from 2019’s 6.8% enrollm...
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Ark. Ruling Leaves Little Path Forward for Work Requirements with Chart: Medicaid Work Requirements, at a Glance

A three-judge federal appeals court panel on Feb. 14 sided with a lower court and unanimously ruled that Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements are unlawful because they don’t align with the chief objective of the...
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Expanded Subsidies Help Grow California Exchange Enrollment

California’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, expanded enrollment by 1.6% year over year for 2020, according to preliminary results released on Feb. 18 — figures that were highly anticipated since ...
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Pa. Moves Toward Independence From HealthCare.gov Platform

While Nevada is taking stock of its first Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period as a true state-based exchange (HPW 2/10/20, p. 4), Pennsylvania is gearing up to follow in the silver state’s footsteps a...
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MCO Stock Performance, January 2020

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News Briefs

✦ The legal dispute between Cigna Corp. and Anthem, Inc. — concerning the $1.85 billion breakup fee tied to their failed attempt to combine — is not going to be resolved as soon as anticipated. Cigna Corp. CEO...
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States’ Public Option Efforts Tap Insurers as Reluctant Partners with Chart: Washington and Colorado Public Option Plans

As the concept of a public insurance option gains increasing visibility in the 2020 presidential race, the spotlight is also trained on Washington and Colorado — states that are at different stages of setting up t...
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Lawmakers OK Two Surprise Billing Fixes, Seek Compromise

Legislation to protect patients against surprise medical bills is once again gaining momentum in Congress, with two key House committees voting to advance proposals. However, passage of competing bills by the House ...
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CVS Touts Value of Aetna; Molina Sees Exchange Woes

During a Feb. 12 presentation outlining its 2019 financial results, CVS Health Corp. touted a “successful first full year with Aetna,” saying the transaction produced “synergies above expectations” at approx...
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