CAHU Members in the Press

Columbus Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) members are actively engaged in making sure our voice is heard in the media. Keep up-to-date with media highlights featuring CAHU and our members. Matthew Byrne: Consumers who froze credit reports could hit hurdles with Obamacare CNN Money (December 13, 2017) Matthew Byrne: Consumers Who Froze Their Credit Reports Could Hit A Glitch Enrolling In Insurance Kaiser Health News (December 13, 2017) John Dodd: Defying gloomy predictions, Obamacare enrollment surges Politico (November 15th, 2017) Lee Nathans & John Dodd: Brokers Are Reluctant in a Most Challenging ACA Enrollment Season Kaiser Health News (November 13th, 2017) Lee Nathans: Letter Underwriters help consumers navigate Columbus Dispatch (September 30th, 2017) Sandra Moody Gresham: People To Know Columbus …

LONE UNCOVERED US COUNTY GETS INSURER FOR HEALTH EXCHANGE

The AP reports that only a few months ago, more than “40 mostly rural counties faced the prospect of having no options for their exchanges, but insurers have gradually come forward to fill the gaps.” The article adds that insurers have not considered rural counties attractive “because they usually have a smaller, older customer base and a care provider like a hospital system with a dominant market position,” which “can make it difficult to negotiate payment rates.” Ohio-based insurer CareSource will step up to provide health insurance coverage in Paulding County, Ohio in 2018. The lone county at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law’s insurance exchanges now has an insurer. Read the full article at: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_US_HEALTH_OVERHAUL_EXCHANGES?SITE=AP&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-24-13-31-46

Taking A U-Turn On Benefits, Big Employers Vow To Continue Offering Health Insurance

Kaiser Health New reports that two new surveys indicate “companies continue to try to control costs while backing away from shrinking or dropping health benefits.” The article says this is “a marked change from three years ago, when many big employers – those with 1,000 employees or more – contemplated ending medical benefits and shifting workers to the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces.” Three years ago, just 25 percent of large employers were “very confident” they would still be providing healthcare coverage for workers in a decade, but in the recent survey, that figure rose to 65 percent. Read about the U-Turn on benefits at: Taking A U-Turn On Benefits, Big Employers Vow To Continue Offering Health Insurance

Access to Health Insurance Restored in 19 Ohio Counties

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment announced that health options have been restored on the federal exchange in 19 Ohio counties following the withdrawal of other insurers earlier this year. Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Molina Health Care of Ohio and Paramount Health Care are helping ensure coverage is available in these counties on the exchange in 2018. Announcements made earlier this year would have left Ohioans in 20 Ohio counties without access to health insurance. The department is working to restore coverage to the 20th county before insurers must enter contracts with the federal government in late September. You can read more on what options these 5 major health insurers in Ohio are providing in …