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Study offers look at who is most likely to enroll in ACA coverage

Factors such as age, race, information resources and subsidy awareness play key roles in determining Affordable Care Act marketplace enrollment numbers, and understanding these enrollees' characteristics can help health plans reach the remaining uninsured, according to study published by  Health Affairs.  

Paperwork complications may undermine the Affordable Care Act

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their subsidies or policies under the Affordable Care Act because of paperwork problems, according to the Associated Press, and advocates fear those issues could undermine the success of the ACA.  

Some millionaires qualify for health plan subsidies under the ACA

Due to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that bases subsidies on income rather than net worth, some millionaires are obtaining financial aid for their health plans, according to a  CNBC  article.  

Modifying ACA rule could reduce costs for 1.6M Americans

An Affordable Care Act rule known as the "affordability firewall" penalizes families for having employer access despite the fact that their household income would make them eligible for subsidies for marketplace plans, according to a post on the Commonwealth Fund blog.  

2.2M who qualify for health insurance subsidies don't access them

Though health insurance subsidies were at the heart of the latest Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a new poll finds that many Americans aren't accessing the cost-sharing reductions for which they qualify.

Adverse King v. Burwell ruling could cut healthcare spending by $7.5B

If the U.S. Supreme Court returns an adverse ruling in the  King v. Burwell  case later this month, economists say it could lead to billions in lost healthcare spending,   Reuters has reported.

Health insurers paying for yet another Healthcare.gov glitch

HHS still hasn't fully resolved data-matching problems on Healthcare.gov that may be costing U.S. health insurers members--and money. 

OIG: Gov't paid insurers $2.8B in unverified subsidies

The Obama administration has paid insurers almost $2.8 billion in federal subsidies for consumers' premiums and deductibles over the last two years--without verifying how much it actually owes each insurer, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Lawmakers clash with Burwell over ACA contingency plans

GOP lawmakers clashed with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell when she testified before a House committee Wednesday.

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.