3 million people now signed up for Obamacare, feds say

By Maggie Fox Three million people have signed up for private health insurance on the federal and state health insurance exchanges, the Obama administration said Friday. Read more…
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Supreme Court offers nuns a birth control ‘out’

Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News The Supreme Court extended a hold Friday on a part of the Obamacare contraceptive requirement that applies to groups with religious affiliations. Read more…
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Report Finds That Health Exchange Insurance Purchases Are A Good Deal; Healthcare.gov Has New Section

Kaiser Health News A new PricewaterhouseCoopers report finds that the average premium on an exchange is lower than the average premium of an employer-sponsored health plan. Meanwhile, the federal health online marketplace has added a new section to allow consumers who have already sig
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Federal Appeals Court Considers Key ERISA Preemption Case

Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. Special Communication January 31, 2014 – Lawyers for the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) faced off today with a legal team representing the state of Michigan in a Federal Appeals Court over the state’s Health Insur
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Insurer WellPoint’s 4Q profit drops 68 percent

By TOM MURPHY INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — WellPoint’s fourth-quarter earnings tumbled 68 percent, as customers of the nation’s second largest health insurer raced to use their coverage last fall before it lapsed due to the health care overhaul. Read more…
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The 2014 Game Plan: Health Care Consumerism in the Post-PPACA World

By Shandon Fowler, Director of Product Management, Marketplaces, Benefitfocus As you read this, the benefits landscape is undergoing a tectonic shift. The depth and breadth of this shift is unprecedented, and in many ways still unknown. What is the full scope of what’s happening? What
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Book profile: A Conspiracy Against Obamacare – The book based on the blog

By Ronald Collins Two days after the 2012 challenges to the Affordable Care Act were argued and three months before they were decided by the Supreme Court, Adam Teicholz wrote this in The Atlantic: “Blogs – particularly a blog of big legal ideas called Volokh Conspiracy – have been ce
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Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion: The Health And Financial Impacts

By Sam Dickman, David Himmelstein, Danny McCormick, and Steffie Woolhandler The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to increase access to health insurance by: 1) requiring states to expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes less than 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Leve
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Obama calls on GOP to offer proposals to improve ACA, not repeal it

By Jerry Geisel President Barack Obama called on Republicans in his State of the Union address to stop efforts to repeal the health care reform law, and instead offer proposals to improve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more…
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WellPoint reports about 500,000 in new exchange enrollments

By Paul Demko WellPoint has signed up roughly 500,000 new customers since the state and federal exchanges opened for business on Oct. 1. That accounts for more than 15% of the roughly 3 million individuals who have acquired coverage through the fledgling marketplaces. Read more…
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