Signs of a death spiral? This year, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation of the lowest-cost-silver plans in 14 major cities, as well as the publicized http://www.alabamascholars.org/consultantinterviewprep/2016/08/05/united-states-society-on-dams-awards-1000-to-10000-scholarships-to-deserving-graduate-level-students-who-have-research-studies-relevant-to-dam-related-topics/ insurer rate requests of nearly all 50 states (note, many of these rate requests haven’t been finalized with their state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner), Obamacare premiums could rise by an average of 10%, or more. This huge spike in premiums has some pundits suggesting we could be on the verge of a “death spiral,” or in simpler terms, a situation where costs rapidly rise, product offerings shrink, and low-risk policyholders run for the sidelines. Image source: Getty Images. Just this past week we witnessed our third instance of a national insurer announcing that it was scaling back its Obamacare individual market coverage after hefty losses of approximately $300 million per year. On Monday, Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced that it would be pulling out of all but four states (Nebraska, Delaware, Iowa, and Virginia) almost entirely in the upcoming year, servicing just 242 counties. That’s a 69% drop from the 778 counties where it’s offering health insurance in 2016. Here are a few of the key points issued from Aetna’s press release on Monday: Following a thorough business review and in light of a second-quarter pre-tax loss of $200 million and total pre-tax losses of more than $430 million since January 2014 in our individual products, we have decided to reduce our individual public exchange presence in 2017, which will limit our financial exposure moving forward. More than 40 payers of various sizes have similarly chosen to stop selling plans in one or more rating areas in the individual public exchanges over the 2015 and 2016 plan years, collectively exiting hundreds of rating areas in more than 30 states.
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5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about eight percent of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000 . “The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great — usually description from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows.
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