By Andrew Sprung, David Anderson and Louise Norris On November 10, the Trump administration will ask the Supreme Court in oral argument to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional – and nullify the law in the midst of a pandemic, uninsuring an estimated 23 million people. As Republicans rushed to confirm the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett… Read more about What if Republicans had succeeded in repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
The IRS has released 2021 limits for High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). 2021 HSA Contribution Limits: Self-Only: $3,600 (up from $3,550 in 2020) Family: $7,200 (up from $7,100 in 2020) 2021 HDHP Deductible Minimum: Self-Only: $1,400 ($1,400 in 2020) Family: $2,800 ($2,800 in 2020) 2021 HDHP Out-of-Pocket Expense Maximum: Self-Only:… Read more about 2021 HSA Limits
Most people know that there are premium tax credits (often referred to as premium subsidies) available for people who buy their health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. But claiming the ACA tax credit as an advanced subsidy requires you to estimate your income for the coming year and supplying supporting documentation to verify that… Read more about Claiming the ACA tax credit after paying full price for your health insurance
Employers offering small business group health insurance benefits have flexibility treating employees differently as long as the contribution policy complies with the insurance company’s employer contribution requirements and basic non-discrimination laws (HIPAA and Section 125). Employers can contribute a flat dollar amount, or they can require employees to pay a set percentage or a set… Read more about Treating Employees Differently: Employer Contribution Requirements
Last week, I shared charts showing how many total providers are in each individual market insurer’s network, and compared that with total enrollment for each insurer. But the total number of providers doesn’t tell the whole story. Network adequacy issues still arise for specific consumers when an insurance plan might have many primary care providers, but… Read more about 2018 Colorado Individual/Family Market Specialist Maps
Network coverage is an important part of picking a health insurance policy. And while the insurers and the exchange have tools that will let you check to see if your doctor is in-network with the plan you’re considering, those tools aren’t as helpful if you don’t have a specific provider in mind and just want… Read more about 2018 Essential Community Provider Maps
Joint post by: David Anderson, Charles Gaba, Louise Norris, Andrew Sprung Note: this post is a joint effort with colleagues who have closely tracked the CSR chaos induced by Trump and Republicans in Congress. Dave Anderson is a former health insurance analyst, now a health care scholar at Duke, and a blogger at Balloon Juice; Charles Gaba is… Read more about State Approaches to Handling CSR Uncertainty for 2018 Premium
Peggy Salvatore has done an excellent job with this week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted at her Health System Ed blog. There’s something for everyone, and it makes for some great weekend reading. Two of my favorites in this edition are Harold Pollack’s explanation of why red states that voted for Trump would… Read more about Weekend reading recommendation: The Summer Lull edition of the HWR
Joe Paduda hosted the Health Wonk Review on Friday, and it’s a must-read edition. It coincided perfectly with the release of the long-awaited, top-secret Senate GOP health care reform bill, and Joe’s edition includes an everything-you-need-to-know summary of the Senate bill, written by the inimitable Tim Jost and Sara Rosenbaum. In related news, Joe is… Read more about 2017: Made for health wonks
Yesterday was a bit of a banner day in health care reform circles, with the passage of the AHCA in the House of Representatives. The vote came less than 24 hours after the final amendment was added to the bill, and before the CBO had scored the last three amendments that were added. It’s now… Read more about Groundhog Zombie Goes Back to the Future: AHCA Vote Day Health Wonk Review
2017 has been a whirlwind year for health care reform. As rate filing season draws near, there is still considerable uncertainty surrounding the future of the ACA and what lies ahead for health care reform. Here’s a summary of where things stand in Colorado: Failed: Bill to extend premium help to people above 400 percent… Read more about Health care reform: What’s next in Colorado?
Hank Stern has done an outstanding job with the Health Wonk Review this week; don’t miss his pre-Passover edition. Hank has factoids about Passover interspersed with ten excellent articles from some of our favorite health wonks. Thanks for hosting, Hank, and Happy Passover!
HHS Secretary Tom Price was confirmed by the Senate last week, and the agency wasted no time in drafting new proposed regulations under his leadership. The new regulations are intended to stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets. The comment period is only three weeks (it closes on March 7, 2017), which is… Read more about What do the proposed HHS regulations mean for Colorado’s individual market?
Steve Anderson hosted this week’s “#Alternative_Facts” edition of the Health Wonk Review, at medicareresources.org. It’s an excellent edition, and each entry in framed in terms of an #alternative_fact… of course, the alternative-ness depends a bit on your perspective. My favorite? Joe Paduda’s assessment that ACA repeal isn’t actually going to happen soon, and might not… Read more about Health Wonks Wonder… Will ACA Repeal Really Happen?
It’s a crazy time in healthcare and even the biggest health wonks are struggling to keep up. Get up to speed with the concisely written Health Wonk Review from our friend Joe Paduda. Hot off the press.
Julie Ferguson hosted the “Words Matter” edition of the Health Wonk Review this week, at Workers’ Comp Insider. Julie did an excellent job, as always, and there’s plenty of good stuff in this edition of the HWR. Some of my favorites are: Joe Paduda’s at-a-glance summary of the direction the GOP is likely headed in terms… Read more about Health Wonks know: Words Matter
Hank Stern hosted the Health Wonk Review this week, with a theme — Puppies and Kittens — designed to unite us around something we can all agree on, after a rough election season. There are tons of great entries in this edition of the HWR. Since I’m particularly focused on the future of healthcare reform,… Read more about Puppies and kittens and the future of healthcare reform
This post was originally written in March 2014, but was updated in November 2015 to reflect the changes in the penalty calculation for 2016, and again in November 2016 to address the penalty for 2017. The penalty in 2017 will remain unchanged from 2016, but it’s considerably higher than it was in 2014 or 2015,… Read more about Don’t Get Caught By The ACA Individual Mandate Penalty – It’s much higher than it used to be
A recent article published by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) caught my attention on Twitter today. One part of the article stood out, and I wanted to address it here. The article states that “Anyone who purchases insurance on Connect for Health Colorado would be wise to check eligibility for assistance and,… Read more about You’re eligible for cost-sharing subsidies. Does that mean you should always pick a silver plan?
Peggy Salvator hosted this week’s Health Wonk Review yesterday, at her Health System Ed blog – be sure to check it out, if you haven’t already. Peggy did a great job of hosting, and there are lots of great entries. My favorites from this edition are from Health Affairs (all about the future legislative improvements… Read more about Election Season Edition of the HWR
Open enrollment is just around the corner, and you may have started receiving information from your health insurer regarding changes to your premium and coverage for 2017. I maintain a detailed overview of Colorado’s exchange at healthinsurance.org, so if you have questions, you might find answers there. But after receiving our own family’s renewal packet… Read more about New Benefits in Colorado for 2017 – Bariatric Surgery, Infertility, Chiro?
Joe Paduda hosted last week’s Health Wonk Review at Managed Care Matters. It’s a great edition, with excellent articles from several of our favorite health wonks. I highly recommend Brad Wright’s article, detailing how the ACA has expanded coverage. My own article in this edition explains why so many health insurance carriers are leaving the exchanges at the… Read more about Pre-Election Health Wonk Musings
Jason Shafrin has the latest Health Wonk Review at Healthcare Economist. You’ll find some of the greatest writing by healthcare experts about health insurance, pharmaceuticals, the ACA, mental health, and physician pay.