Health Law Faces New Legal Challenges

By Joe Palazzolo The health law championed by President Barack Obama survived one major legal challenge in last year’s Supreme Court ruling, but it will face fresh legal tests starting this week. Federal judges in Washington, D.C., and Virginia will consider whether the text of
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HMA holds firm in feud with Mississippi Blues over coverage network

By Beth Kutscher Health Management Associates is holding firm in a dispute with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi that led the insurance giant to drop HMA’s 10 hospitals in the state from its coverage network. Although BCBS recently said it would reinstate four hospitals
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Kentucky’s exchange doing well despite using same contractor as the feds

By Joseph Conn Some observers have blamed the federal government’s prime contractor, CGI Federal, for the severe glitches that have blocked many Americans from signing up for health coverage through the new federal online health plan marketplace. Several state-run insurance exch
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In 2014, Workers’ Share of Health Costs Nearly $5,000 At Large Companies

By Bruce Japsen Companies that have long provided health coverage continue to pile a larger share of medical costs onto their workers as employees next year face nearly $5,000 in premiums, co-payments, deductibles and other forms of co-insurance. Read more…
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A monopoly on violence

By G. Keith Smith, M.D. I have always thought of myself as fairly open minded and find that I am increasingly interested in what I call “other views.” This is partly because I am consciously looking for any coercive elements inherent in any views, my own included. There is no shortage
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Health Website Woes Widen as Insurers Get Wrong Data

By Christopher Weaver & Louise Radnofsky Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than th
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Attention Likely to Shift to Health Law

By Louise Radnofsky & Christopher Weaver The end of Washington’s budget showdown is likely to shift attention back to President Barack Obama’s health law and its rocky rollout, news of which was sometimes submerged in the past 16 days of struggle. Read more…
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Find Your State’s Health-Care Exchange

Interactive by Martin Burch and Lakshmi Ketineni/The Wall Street Journal Select a state for a link to the health-insurance exchange available there. See which states are running health exchanges on their own, or leaving some or all of the task to the federal government, and which stat
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Vast majority of Obamacare exchange visitors don’t enroll

By: Dan Mangan Obamacare has a 99.6 percent rating—and not in a good way. A paltry 36,000 people managed to enroll in the federal online health-insurance marketplace in its first, software-glitch-ridden week of operation, a grim new analysis found Wednesday. Read more…
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A make-or-break year for health IT

By Merrill Goozner Information technology officers and their CEOs will be forced to make some tough choices in the months ahead. On a battlefield, it is called triage. Health IT leaders have been placed in this unenviable position because of the imminent rollout of the most momentous
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