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November 14, 2016

Obamacare on GOP's Chopping Block, But Repeal & Replace Won't Be Easy, Scholar Says


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Repealing and replacing Obamacare will not be easy, says IPI's Merrill Matthews. “The highest hurdle the GOP faces is the potential for a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.”

November 7, 2016

Trump and Clinton's Policies for Millennials


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Though Clinton’s plan attempts to address the woes of ACA, IPI's Merrill Matthews says the plan still continues to enforce them; premiums will continue to rise and insurers will desert participation. “All Clinton does is try to mask the problem by hiding the costs through subsidies,” Matthews said.

October 26, 2016

Premium Rates on Affordable Care Act Exchanges Rise 25% in 2017


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The rise in premiums on the Affordable Care Act exchanges has led to a debate on whether to fix the ACA or repeal and replace the healthcare law.

October 21, 2016

How a Public Option May Preserve Health Insurance Exchanges


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

There’s been a long-running concern that what the exchanges will ultimately be is the place where the people who are the sickest and need subsidies from the federal government will reside, said Matthews. “The question comes about – would even some of those people be able to buy cheaper insurance, even considering the subsidies, outside of the exchange if a death spiral initiates. If so, does that ultimately make the exchanges unworkable?”

September 28, 2016

VT Agency Wrongly Allotted $13M for Health Insurance Marketplace


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

More reforms may need to be implemented in order to strengthen state health insurance marketplaces and keep payers participating in the exchanges.

August 24, 2016

Did Aetna Need Merger to Stay in Health Insurance Exchanges?


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Before the DOJ filed a lawsuit blocking the Aetna-Humana health insurance merger, the Aetna CEO sent a letter stating that, without the merger, it would drop out of the health insurance exchanges.

August 23, 2016

Obamacare Insurers Sink


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Insurers including Blue Cross, United Healthcare, Cigna, Humana — which last month said it will limit its participation to a handful of areas — have seen a gradual decline in stock prices, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation.

August 19, 2016

Aetna Leaving Health Insurance Exchanges Due to DOJ Lawsuit


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Aetna is planning to pull out of most of the public health insurance exchanges in 2017 and move from serving 778 counties to only 242 counties.

August 16, 2016

Affordable Care Act's Reinsurance Programs Keep Market Stable


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"About 7 million people are getting subsidies under the Affordable Care Act," said Merrill Matthews, Ph.D. "That certainly makes for a huge pool. But the structure of it is designed to fail.”

August 10, 2016

Affordable Care Act, Exchanges Challenge Health Payers


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A number of health payers have been dropping out of the health insurance exchanges due to significant financial losses.

 

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