Category Archives: Health insurance reform

A lack of confidence and knowledge

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as “ObamaCare”), every American is encouraged to seek health insurance coverage.  However, many consumers lack confidence to make health insurance choices on their own.  Less than half the Federal and state exchange purchasers, … Continue reading

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Five years later, ACA is still a mystery to many

It has been more than five years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (take your pick whether to call it PPACA, ACA or ObamaCare) was passed in May 2010 and public exchanges are wrapping up their third year … Continue reading

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Medicare STAR Ratings are Out!

You can download the latest Medicare STAR ratings from CMS here and read our brief summary below. MA-PD Ratings Consistent STAR ratings for MA-PD plans have remained fairly consistent since 2014, with slightly more companies receiving a 4.5 or 5.0 … Continue reading

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2015 Federal Exchange Summary

The infographic below summarizes statistics from the Department of Health and Human Resources regarding enrollment on the Federal health insurance exchange for 2015. Over two-thirds of the 8.8 million consumers (69%) chose a Silver plan, but given that 87% of the … Continue reading

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Attitudes towards exchange are split

A few consumers still have not heard of ObamaCare Despite launching the Federal and state health insurance exchanges on October 1, 2013, the percentage of consumers who said they know at least something about the Affordable Care Act (ACA or … Continue reading

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Covered California exchange has room for improvement

Congratulations to everyone working on the Covered CA marketplace for getting the site up and running before the October 1, 2013 deadline (see for yourself at CoveredCA.com). The site is attractive and functional, but leaves both users and insurance carriers … Continue reading

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Far more buyers than non-buyers in simulated insurance exchanges

DSS has conducted numerous health insurance exchange / marketplace studies where consumers are guided through a virtual shopping exercise to evaluate and select a preferred health insurance plan. When the appropriate federal subsidies are in place and a wide range … Continue reading

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Targeting the uninsured (or insured)

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA / PPACA / ObamaCare) are very interested in targeting uninsured consumers and encouraging them to seek health insurance coverage through their state insurance marketplace or the federal marketplace. Health plans may also wish … Continue reading

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Awareness and knowledge of health insurance reform still limited three years later

Only 8% of consumers have never heard of health insurance reform under the name Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) or “ObamaCare” which was passed in March 2010. One-third of consumers have heard of the law, but … Continue reading

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Exchanges are not the preferred channel

When asked how they would most prefer to purchase health insurance in 2014, only 25% said they would prefer to purchase through a state or federally run marketplace (exchange).  Almost half the consumers said they would prefer contacting a health … Continue reading

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