Is the Affordable Care Act Unsustainable?

Insurers warn losses from ObamaCare are unsustainable – The Hill

Insurers Losing Money on Obamacare Plans: ‘Something Has to Give’– NewsMax

Insurers step up threats to drop out of Obamacare market, fearing death spiral -Insurance Business America

CMS sets sights on stabilizing Affordable Care Act exchanges –  FierceHealthPayer

Study: More approve of ACA’s effects, but political divisions skew overall opinions -FierceHealthPayer

The Trouble With Grandmothered Health Plans and Bidding Low – Morning Consult

News About Obamacare Has Been Bad Lately. How Bad? – The New York Times

Concerns Raised Over Medicare Part B Reform

Medicare reform prompts backlash – Benefitspro.com

Drug plan hit with backlash – The Hill

Medicare’s flawed Part B drug experiment could harm patients– Morning Consult

Feds consider exemptions to controversial Medicare Part B payment model – FierceHealthPayer

Medicare change: ‘Perverse’ incentive or ‘perverse’ reform? – CNN

Medicare plan on payment for Cancer drugs stirs battle – ABC News

Related articles and CMS proposal

Affordable Care Act Testing New Ways to Deliver and Pay for Health Care

How to think about Medicare’s new primary care plan –  Politico

IT central to Medicare’s medical home model – Politico/Morning eHealth

CMS unveils plan for new payment model – Medical Economics

(Read  the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Fact Sheet)

New CMS primary-care payment model would affect 20K doctors –  Modern Healthcare

CMS unveils new risk-based primary care model: 13 things to know -Becker’s Hospital CFO

Feds’ new plan to wean some doctors off ‘fee-for-service’ – CNBC

 

CMS Rule to Improve Medicare Part B Prescription Drug Models

This controversial rule could change how doctors profit from using the most expensive drugs – Washington Post

Medicare’s Cancer Drug Experiment Annoys Specialists – NBC

Read the CMS proposal here and related article from the Motley Fool  (9 Drugs That Cost Medicare a Fortune)

News over the weekend

At the start of the weekend,  Bloomberg reported that “UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, has decided to call it quits in two state Obamacare markets. The insurer won’t sell plans for next year in Georgia and Arkansas, according to state insurance regulators. ”

In a column report by the  Los Angeles Times   however,  mentioned “United, which makes most of its money in the large-group (employer) market, always was a reluctant participant in the individual exchanges, and was largely inept at pricing and managing those products. “

Where do you stand on the Affordable Care Act?

Last March was the 6th anniversary of  the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  According to this report from WhiteHouse.gov, 20 million people now have healthcare coverage and that 4.3 million jobs have been created.

This report by Economics21.org, however, said that “not all insurance is good insurance . Unnecessary over-insurance promotes overutilization and drives up costs for everyone.” The report further argues that the ACA was introduced after the recession — the economy always adds jobs after a recession.

This chart from Kaiser Family Foundation shows us how deeply divided the public has remained on the health reform law since it was passed in March 2010.

Other articles for the day:

Does Medicaid Expansion Improve Revenue of Hospitals? – RevCycle Intelligence

Utah Limits Medicaid Expansion to Individuals with ‘Greatest Need’ – Heartland

 

Implications of Expanding Medicaid Eligibility

Tens of thousands of Ohioans could lose Medicaid coverage under fee proposal – The Columbus Dispatch

Support for Medicaid copays plan is crumbling – NOLA.com

Oklahoma Eyes Obamacare Funds, But Without Medicaid Expansion – Bloomberg.com

Hutchinson’s plan to rework Medicaid expansion passes House, Senate – Arkansas Online

Expanding Medicaid Eligibility Would Help Low-Income Workers Find Better Jobs: Study – International Business Times