Category: Health Care

ACA Deadline Coming!

The Trump administration has canceled all government-sponsored outreach advertising, email reminders, phone calls and other promotion related to ACA open enrollment deadline.   But ACA remains the law of the land, requiring most people to have health insurance and providing subsidies for 2017 health plans.   Help us get the word out in these last few days of Open Enrollment 2017 to reach consumers and provide in-person help is more important now than ever! ...

Health Insurance Enrollment extended to Jan 1

This is the second consecutive year that federal officials extended the deadline for consumers to sign up for coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces. By the start of this week, about 4 million people had chosen ACA plans. Obama administration officials estimated that more than 11 million will be covered through ACA in 2017.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2016/12/15/6b949e9a-c339-11e6-9a51-cd56ea1c2bb7_story.html?utm_term=.b15768b4ab41 ...

MO DOI postpones Anthem-Cigna hearing

Bad news for consumers. Anthem-Cigna merger hearing has been post-poned by the MO Dept of Insurance. A Missouri hearing would have given the department the opportunity to look into how the merger would affect MO consumers before it goes to a federal judge. The department held a similar hearing for the merger between Aetna and Humana and ruled against this merger. A similar decision would have been important for the federal judge to know before ruling. http://www.stltoday.com/ ...

Federal Antitrust trial over Anthem-Cigna merger begins

Today marked the first day of the federal trial over the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger which would create the nation's largest health insurance company. Government antitrust lawyers are attempting to block this $48 billion deal which threatens to reshape the U.S. market for health coverage. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/11/21/antitrust-trial-over-aetna-cigna-merger-begins/94222422/ ...

Consumers should pay attention to the largest merger in the history of the health insurance industry.

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging what it says is the largest merger in the history of the health insurance industry. On Monday, the Justice Department will begin arguing its case against Anthem’s $54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp. This merger would be particularly painful for St. Louis area consumers where these two insurers have a significant portion of the market share. http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/consumers-should-pay-attention-to-insurance-antit ...

MO ins rates sky rocket, data questionable

The Affordable Care Act made health insurance accessible for millions of Americans. But rising rates, a lack of transparency in policy changes and little oversight in the process puts the entire system at risk. Rates in MO are rising by alarming rates and the data behind these rates hikes are questionable. http://acasignups.net/16/06/01/2017-rate-request-early-look-missouri ...

Aetna pulls out of MO marketplace, we deserve better

http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/americans-deserve-better-than-choosing-among-crummy-insurance-plans/article_ea5d9127-29e2-5bc7-8301-1f7d3bf2535d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share ...

Gov. Nixon Signs Bill Protecting Consumers

Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law a bill that will help protect Missouri healthcare consumers. Senate Bill 865 gives authority to the Missouri Department of Insurance to review rates for health plans offered under the federal Affordable Care Act. Currently, the only review of those rates could be done by federal regulators, acting on behalf of the state. https://governor.mo.gov/news/archive/gov-nixon-signs-bill-protect-consumers-allowing-state-review-rates-health-insurance ...

Instructions for Commenting to HHS on a Specific ACA Health Insurance Plan’s Rate Increase of More Than 10%

If you really want to get in the weeds and comment on a SPECIFIC PLAN with a proposed increase of 10% or more, do the following: •  Go to https://ratereview.healthcare.gov •  Select "Search ACA-Compliant Products.” •  Select Missouri and click on “Submit Search.” •  The search will return a list of insurance plans in the state with proposed rate increases of 10% or greater.  Click on a plan to see the details about the rate hike. •  CLICK ONLY ON PLANS SUBM ...

CCM Asks Feds to Hold Hearing, Find Health Insurance Rate Hikes Excessive

St. Louis, MO (July 30, 2015) -- Consumers Council of Missouri is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate projected rate increases from Coventry Health Insurance and four other Missouri insurers, each of whom has proposed raising rates by more than 10 percent in 2016. Coventry Health Care, which is owned by Aetna, is one of the major carriers on the federal exchange for Missouri.  It has filed for 2016 rate increases of more than 20 percent.  F ...

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