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Lack of premium payment thwarts enrollment

Twenty percent of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act didn't pay their premiums despite extended deadlines and remained without coverage last month, The New York Times reported.

CMS might require insurers to accept third-party payments for HIV/AIDS patients

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering requiring insurers to accept third-party payments to help consumers with HIV/AIDS pay their premiums. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana says it will not change its policy and, effective March 1, will only accept individual members' premium payments from the policyholder, a blood relative or legal guardian.

ACA finds cheerleaders in unusual places

Diverse businesses nationwide are helping educate customers about insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act, the Los Angeles Times reported. While these efforts may not undo widespread ACA skepticism, they're helping make healthcare reform part of everyday life and supplementing the work of community groups and advocates.  

GOP senators unveil ACA replacement proposal

Three Republican senators released a legislative framework yesterday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Kaiser Health News reported. The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act (CARE) would revoke the ACA's individual and employer mandates, cancel Medicaid expansion, lower tax credits for buying insurance and eliminate ACA-related taxes and fees.

Moody's downgrades outlook for health insurers

Moody's, long skeptical about the Affordable Care Act's financial impact on the hospital sector, has now downgraded the outlook for health insurers.

Report: Young adults better off paying fine than enrolling in exchange

The individual mandate penalty may never adequately incentivize young adults to sign up for plans sold on health insurance exchanges, according to a new report from American Action Forum.

Target cuts health benefits for part-time staff

Target Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and the nation's second largest discount retailer, announced Tuesday that as of April 1 it will no longer offer health insurance benefits to part-time staff in light of coverage available through the exchanges, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Report: Most exchange enrollees previously insured

Although more than 2 million people have enrolled in the health insurance exchanges, only 11 percent previously had insurance, leaving some industry experts to question whether the exchanges will reduce the uninsured rate.

GAO: Insurance continuity affects health, costs

Americans insured steadily before Medicare enrollment were more apt to report being healthy during a six-year Medicare honeymoon period than those without prior coverage according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Study: Insurance status linked to mental health

Health insurance status has "significant relationships" with psychological distress, according to a study published in the journal Stress and Health. Specifically, the study found adults with private or no health insurance had lower levels of stress than people with public coverage.