September 20, 2016, The HIll, Sarah Ferris- A California-based insurer that once sold mostly Medicaid plans has become a top competitor in ObamaCare’s marketplaces. In likely the toughest year yet for the reform law, Molina Healthcare is thriving in a market that’s seen high-profile departures from some of the nation’s largest health insurers.
Dr. Mario Molina, the company’s CEO, attributes much of the company’s success to its long history of selling Medicaid plans, which forced it to rein in costs.
September 19, 2016, The Washington Post, Carolyn Y. Johnson- People who warn that President Obama’s health-care law is in dire straits often point to rising health insurance premiums as proof. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has called premium increases on Affordable Care Act exchanges “astronomically high.” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says premiums have “skyrocketed.” But are these growing premiums actually high? A new analysis from the Urban Institute found that the average unsubsidized premiums in the Affordable Care Act exchanges, commonly known as Obamacare, are actually 10 percent lower than the full premiums in the average employer plan nationally in 2016.
September 17, 2016, The Washington Post, Editorial Board- It has been a summer of bad news for the Affordable Care Act, but last week brought some numbers that should put worries about the law into perspective. The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the proportion of people in the United States who lack health-care coverage continued to plunge last year - to only 9.1 percent. This figure is even better than it looks for Obamacare, because it factors in uninsured undocumented immigrants, of which there are perhaps several million, who are not eligible for the law’s programs.
September 15, 2016, The Daily Journal, Larrison Campbell- The rate of uninsured Mississippians dropped for the second year in a row as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to data released by the United States Census Bureau this week. The uninsured rate fell from 14.5 percent in 2014 to 12.7 percent last year. This follows a drop of 2.6 percent between 2013 and 2014, the first year the Affordable Care Act was implemented. Despite these declines, Mississippi still ranks sixth for uninsured residents, behind only Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida. Like these states, Mississippi declined the Medicaid expansion.
September 14, 2016, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Evalina Burnett- Casinos and other tourism businesses are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would pump additional funding into efforts to combat the Zika virus. The American Gaming Association joined with the U.S. Travel Association and more than 100 other organizations and businesses in a letter urging lawmakers to make funding Zika efforts a priority. It says failing to act quickly will jeopordize both health and the health of the US economy. Whitaker Askew is vice president of government relations for the American Gaming Association.
September 15, 2016, The New York Times, Reed Abelson and Margot Sanger-Katz- Included among the many uplifting economic numbers released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday was a remarkable one about health insurance in the United States: Only 9.1 percent of Americans do not have coverage, the lowest level ever recorded by the agency. That figure is down from 13.3 percent in 2013, before the major provisions of the health care law signed by President Obama went into effect. Another government study, released last week, looked at the first part of 2016 and found that the uninsured rate had fallen even further, to 8.6 percent.