Jay Hancock joined Kaiser Health News in 2012 from The Baltimore Sun, where he wrote a column on business and finance. Previously he covered the State Department and the economics beat for The Sun and health care for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and the Daily Press of Newport News. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. | Contact: JayH@kff.org | @JayHancock1
Employers are raising deductibles, giving workers health savings accounts, mimicking the health law’s online insurance marketplaces and nudging patients to shop around for treatments.
Nobody has a bigger financial stake in the success of Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges than hospitals. And few may work harder to sign up consumers than hospitals themselves.
The health law created 24 nonprofit, insurance company startups that will compete with long established companies starting next month.
The National Business Group On Health's annual survey of large employers asked whether they expected various groups currently covered by their plans to choose the health law's new coverage in 2014.
Consumer advocates praise rates that are more affordable, but others question whether they can be sustained.
The owner of Angelo’s restaurant says he’s happy to have a reprieve from the health law – but still has unanswered questions about his obligations to his workers.
The decision to give large employers an extra year to cover their workers was praised by business leaders but complicates the implementation.
No insurer is offering to sell plans in dozens of mostly rural counties, which would prevent residents from obtaining subsidies through a federal online marketplace.
With 100 days until Obamacare marketplaces open, much work remains to be done -- here's where they stand.
The Blues are expected to offer health plans nearly everywhere and are supporting marketing campaigns in key states such as Texas and Florida, where political opposition to the health law has been strong.