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ACA CHANGES CREATING FREE PLANS

An analysis of government data, done by Kaiser Family Foundation, shows that in 1,540 U.S. counties, a hypothetical 40-year-old making $25,000 a year can get a basic “bronze” plan under the ACA next year for zero monthly premium. The “free plans” are partly the result of President Donald Trump’s efforts to dismantle the ACA, which… read more

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TRUMP FLIP-FLOPS ON HEALTH CARE DEAL

Just a day after saying he would support a bipartisan congressional health plan which maintained subsidies for insurance companies, President Donald Trump changed course, saying the deal might benefit insurance companies too much. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, who have been working on it for months, stepped up the roll out last week when… read more

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TRUMP TO SCRAP HEALTH CARE SUBSIDIES

President Donald Trump Thursday said he will end subsidy payments to health insurance companies for low-income customers. Because the ACA requires insurance companies give discounts to low-income customers, insurance companies will likely pass those costs on to middle-class families next year, raising premiums 20 percent on average. (NPR)

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SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL FALTERS AGAIN

GOP Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski joined Senate Democrats early Friday morning in a 51-49 vote to reject the Senate’s repeal of the ACA. Senate leaders initially thought they would be able to pass a “skinny” bill which would have repealed a few key parts of the ACA, but fell just one… read more

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GOP UNABLE TO REACH HEALTH CARE DEAL

Despite late night-meetings Wednesday on the all-but-dead GOP health care plan, Republicans were unable to reach a deal to salvage the bill. President Donald Trump called 49 Republican senators to the White House for lunch Wednesday, taking them to task for failing to agree on a plan to repeal and replace the ACA. (Reuters)

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GOP MAY TRY TO FIX ACA

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday said that if his party fails to secure 50 votes for its plan to repeal and replace the ACA, it will have no choice but to work with Senate Democrats to draft a more modest bill to shore up the ACA. “If my side is unable to agree on… read more

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YOUNG ADULT ENROLLEES DISAPPOINT

The Obama administration so far is making little progress in getting more young adults to sign up for health policies on the federal insurance exchange, according to figures released Thursday. Just 26% of people who signed up for coverage in the 38 states that use the federal exchange were in ages 18 to 34.

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ILLINOIS HEALTH INSURANCE STICKER SHOCK

Illinois residents are dealing with hefty inflation when they log on to HealthCare.gov for the Affordable Care Act’s third open enrollment season, which began Nov. 1. Some health care consumers are seeing rates increases of 40 percent or more. Blue Cross is the target of a lot of consumer unhappiness. The state’s dominant health insurer… read more

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COMPANIES CHIP AWAY AT HEALTH BENEFITS

Companies’ health care costs in 2015 rose at the lowest rate in at least 20 years, a report out Thursday shows, but workers’ share of costs continue to skyrocket. The average health care rate increase for midsized and large companies was 3.2% this year, the lowest since the consulting firm Aon started trading it in… read more

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HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS

Many Illinois consumers will pay higher prices for health insurance entering the third year of President Barack Obama’s health care law, industry experts said after the government published the 2016 prices Monday. The federal government said the cost of a benchmark plan in Illinois on HealthCare.gov will increase 6.1% for 2016 coverage. About 297,000 Illinois… read more

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