Health insurance exchanges

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Q2: Big 5 insurers report better-than-expected earnings

The biggest for-profit health insurers continue to benefit from a low utilization trend among consumers, as most reported better-than-expected second quarter earnings.

State exchanges may turn to feds, other states to run their marketplaces

Struggling with high costs and lower-than-expected enrollment, state-based health insurance exchanges increasingly consider turning over their operations to the feds or partnering with other states.

CMS: Insurers that make drastic changes to exchange plans face five-year ban

If insurers change the plans they sell on health insurance exchanges too drastically, they could be shut out of the exchanges for five years, according to a new CMS memo.

Two states may have found workaround if ACA subsidies found illegal

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act later this month in the King v. Burwell case, there still may be hope for insurers to keep their members who need subsidies to afford coverage. That's because it might be easier than initially thought for states to create their own health insurance exchanges and save consumers' subsidies.

State officials held secret meeting to discuss King v. Burwell options

State officials held a secret 24-hour meeting in Chicago in early May to discuss their options should the Supreme Court decide federal subsidies only are allowed in states that established their own health insurance exchanges.

EHealth suffers financial blow following launch of public health exchanges

EHealth--the nation's largest online health insurance broker--suffered a financial blow from the launch of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges but sees Medicare Advantage growth as a way to rebound.

Shifting Medicaid enrollees into exchanges could improve access to care

As several states have implemented their own version of Medicaid expansion, shifting Medicaid enrollees into health insurance exchange plans can boost consumers' access to healthcare and stimulate the marketplaces.

Narrow network plans offer same quality as other plans

Although narrow network plans, which are commonly sold on the health insurance exchanges, offer far fewer hospitals and doctors for consumers to choose from, they still deliver similar or better quality care as other plans, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Individual market grew 46 percent in ACA's first year

More than 15 million people had an individual health plan as of last year, which was 4.8 million more people than 2013--a 46 percent increase, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

Exchange plans cover more leading cancer centers than expected

Insurers have included prominent cancer centers in their health insurance exchange plans more often than initially estimated, according to a new survey from Avalere Health.