Entries by David Anderson

Health Policy notes

Just a few points as everyone should be calling their House representatives right now. First, Kaiser Family Foundation is looking at the implied deductibles of the AHCA compared to the ACA: Deductibles would likely rise 61% under the GOP health care plan. New post from @DrewAltman on @axios w/ KFF #'s https://t.co/T0uki9bOAZ pic.twitter.com/Y37yAfFxDD — Cynthia […]

EHB and cost spreading

Milliman has a good paper on the actuarial impacts of Essential Health Benefits(EHB) with actual pricing attached to some of the benefits. Every health plan in 2017 that is offered on Healthcare.gov pays at least 89% of their claims dollars for EHB. The overwhelming majority pay more than 99% of their claims dollars to EHB. […]

The politics of rate increases

The Wall Street Journal has a good overview article of where insurers are thinking about their pricing for 2018 as they develop their offerings. The initial numbers are going to be ugly. According to a nonpartisan report released by the Congressional Budget Office on Monday, the House Republicans’ bill, known as the American Health Care […]

SWPA under AHCA because of UPMC

Southwestern Pennsylvania is one of the few regions on Healthcare.gov that might be better off under the current Republican AHCA than the ACA. Most regions are worse off including my new home state of North Carolina. But what is different in Southwestern Pennsylvania? Western Pennsylvania has very low cost insurance. Bronze plans are available from […]