And Medpage Today reports on how the changing marketplace will impact young healthy workers, who could face higher premiums, and those working part-time who may be newly eligible for workplace coverage.
The New York Times: Health Insurance Companies Get In Shape For 2014
Since Patrick J. Geraghty arrived here a year and a half ago to lead the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, he has expanded its operations in Medicare and Medicaid, entered arrangements with hospitals and doctors, bought a medical group, and dabbled with a new private sector marketplace that allows employees to choose plans from different insurance companies (Abelson, 2/5).
Medpage Today: 'Sticker Shock' Ahead On Health Insurance
Separate surveys released this week give dramatically different outlooks for two groups of people under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the young, healthy worker and the part-time worker. Premiums for a healthy, nonsmoking, 27-year-old in a "bronze" -- or relatively inexpensive -- small-group or individual policy would increase on average by 169 percent in five markets in 2014, a survey of major health insurers by the conservative American Action Forum (AAF) found. Meanwhile, premiums for an unhealthy, 55-year-old smoker in a more generous gold-rated policy would decrease by 22 percent, on average, in those same five markets in 2014 (Pittman, 2/5).