SIIA Requests Delay in ACA Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Rule

Rule Will Disrupt Self-Insured Plans Sponsored by Religious Organizations       November 26, 2013 – In a formal letter submitted today to the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor and Treasury (“Tri-Agencies”), the Self-Insurance Institute of America
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Court: Third-Party Administrator Is Proper Defendant

MyHealthGuide Source: Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily, 11/8/2013, www.BNA.com Case: Nystrom v. AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., 2013 BL 308000, D. Minn., No. 0:13-cv-00557-DSD-JJK, 11/6/13 Article referred by John Eggertsen, Esq. Attorney at Law, Eggertsen Consulting, P.C. A h
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Local biotechs say proposed Medicare and Medicaid change will crimp innovation

By Don Seiffert Local biotechnology companies are fighting a federal proposal to change Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates for certain wound treatments, a move they say would drastically hurt their businesses and hinder incentives to fund product research and development. Read
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Wisconsin Chooses Its Own Path To Overhaul Medicaid

By Erin Toner Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of 25 Republican governors who are rejecting the health law’s expansion of Medicaid. But Wisconsin’s own Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, is more generous than that of many states, and now Walker wants to transfer many
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NCCI recommends 2.3% increase in Georgia workers comp advisory rates

By Sheena Harrison The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has requested a 2.3% hike in Georgia workers compensation advisory rates for next year based on increased claim frequency and medical severity. Read more…
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Senate bill would bar exemption from health care reform reinsurance fee

By Jerry Geisel Legislation introduced in the Senate this week would bar federal regulators from issuing rules giving a partial exemption from a reinsurance fee established by the health care reform law. Read more…
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Former N.J. doctor sentenced for $19M billing fraud

By Associated Press The patients, most of whom were on Medicaid and Medicare, came into the medical offices of Jose Katz for checkups and consultations. The vast majority would leave with false diagnoses of coronary artery disease and debilitating angina and orders to undergo unnecess
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Calif. rejects Obama’s insurance-cancellation fix

By Associated Press The board overseeing California’s health insurance exchange voted unanimously Thursday to stick with its current year-end deadline of phasing out more than 1 million individual health insurance policies that fail to meet requirements of the federal healthcare
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Health-Law Sign-Up Period Extended for a Week

By Louise Radnofsky The Obama administration said Friday it has reached an agreement with insurers to give people an extra week in December to sign up for coverage in time for Jan. 1, 2014, to take into account the problems with the federally run health exchange. Officials from the De
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