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Affordable Care Act

Implications of the 2018 Midterm Elections

November 16th, 2018

Health care was a central issue in this year’s midterm elections. In the days after the election, many have speculated on what the results mean for U.S. health care policy. Since the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, while the Democrats took control of the House, some see the next two years as a time […]

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Leavitt Partners Releases “Evaluating the Performance of State Individual Markets Using the Individual Market Effectiveness Index” White Paper

September 27th, 2018

Salt Lake City, September 27, 2018 –Today, Leavitt Partners released “Evaluating the Performance of State Individual Markets Using the Individual Market Effectiveness Index,” a white paper that provides a more evidence-based approach for evaluating the performance of each state’s individual market. Since the Affordable Care Act’s passage, health care stakeholders, politicians, and consumers have scrutinized […]

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Evaluating the Performance of State Individual Markets Using the Individual Market Effectiveness Index

September 27th, 2018

Current efforts to effectively understand the individual market are often limited because they take a national rather than state view of the individual market. The individual market’s performance can vary significantly by state and meaningfully evaluating its performance requires a state-by-state examination. We developed the individual market effectiveness index (IMEI) to provide a more nuanced […]

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Leavitt Partners to Present Research at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

June 22nd, 2018

Salt Lake City, June 22, 2018 — Leavitt Partners is pleased to announce that the firm will present 12 research posters at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Seattle, WA June 24-26, 2018. The Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is the premier forum for health services research, with a program designed specifically for health services researchers, […]

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Navigating the Politics of the Healthcare Landscape

November 2nd, 2017

An American Journal of Managed Care article entitled “Navigating the Politics of the Healthcare Landscape” provides a recap of Clay Alspach’s remarks at the ACO & Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition® Meeting on October 27.

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Nationally, Individual and Group Market Costs Increasingly Similar

October 23rd, 2017

In 2014, Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal requirements went into effect that dramatically changed the regulatory framework for the individual market in most states. The ACA also applied separate regulatory changes to the group market, with the small group market having to undergo more adjustments than large group, but in general these reforms had less of a disruptive impact than in the individual market.

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Adding Complexity to an Already Complex Process

August 15th, 2017

Given the well-publicized challenges with the individual market, carriers’ product development and pricing process for 2018 has been particularly difficult. In an effort to give insurers some reprieve, last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extended the deadline for issuers to make changes to their rate filings from August 16 to September 5.[1]  However, […]

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Price, Consumer Choice, and Health Care Marketplaces

August 8th, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established health insurance marketplaces for two purposes: to allow individuals to purchase insurance and gain subsidies for that insurance, and to increase competition and product comparability among insurers.

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