The early association health plans being formed under a Trump administration rule finalized in June claim to comply with Affordable Care Act rules, yet still deliver lower premiums than comparable ACA exchange plans.
Alabama's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of an effort to deter opioid abuse.
Although federal officials said many Americans will pay lower premiums for the most popular Affordable Care Act exchange plans in 2019, those premiums could have been even lower if not for several Trump administration and congressional actions.
The Trump administration proposed a new rule to allow employers to fund tax-exempted health reimbursement arrangements to help pay for workers' individual health insurance premiums, undoing Obama-era guidance that restricted HRAs for that purpose.
Ahead of Medicare open enrollment, the CMS said seniors enrolled in traditional Medicare will pay slightly higher premiums and deductibles in 2019.
Job-based insurance premiums rose modestly this year, continuing a yearslong stretch of relatively low premium increases. But there's a trade-off: Average annual deductibles have risen.
Average monthly premiums for Medicare Advantage will hit a three-year low next year at $28 a month, according to the CMS. Plan enrollment is expected to rise to 22.6 million, encompassing more than 36% of Medicare beneficiaries.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined what he called the failures of the Affordable Care Act, including rising premiums and limited plan choice, but said the Trump administration has helped right those failures.
Maryland joins several states that have implemented reinsurance programs to help stabilize their individual insurance markets in the face of rising premiums and shifting market rules.
Premiums for Affordable Care Act individual insurance coverage are set to rise much more modestly in 2019 than in previous years. But those hikes could have been even lower without Trump administration and congressional action last year.
Large employers and their employees will pay more for health coverage in 2019, even as some companies dial back their use of high-deductible health plans to control spending.
Wisconsin and Maine scored federal approval to launch reinsurance pools via 1332 waivers. Thanks to the waivers, premiums in the state could drop and individual-market enrollment could increase due to lower coverage costs.