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Obamacare: What We Didn’t See Coming

July 26, 2016

The Affordable Care Act was not only the most important expansion in health insurance coverage of the past 50 years; it was also the one that everyone weighed in on. Dozens of experts — and non-experts — made their own finely calibrated projections about just what the ACA had in store for health insurance coverage, health insurance costs and the overall U.S. economy. And while politicians have rendered their verdicts, those of us in the research world know we have to wait a little longer for definitive assessments, given that much of the ACA didn’t go into effect until the start of start of 2014. Read More

Humana and Covered California

July 26, 2016

Interest groups are starting to send a new wave of emails about how the Affordable Care Act exchange system is pretty much dead for 2017, or about how wonderful and affordable it is this year and how surely it won't be dead next year. Read More

The 5 States Driving MA Market Penetration Growth

July 26, 2016

Increased market penetration has been a significant driver of Medicare Advantage plan membership over the last three years, according to a new brief from Mark Farrah Associates. This has been especially true in five states where MA penetration growth exceeded the national rate. Read More

Aetna and Anthem Respond to DOJ Suit

July 26, 2016

In retrospect, it seems odd that so many business analysts expected the U.S. Department of Justice to approve the proposed mergers of four enormous health insurers. Read More