Texas ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. Constitution: Judge

By Matt Dunning A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection and due process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. Read more…
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Lawmakers Examine the Role of Self-Insurance in the Health Care Marketplace

Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. Special Communication February 27, 2014 – Representatives of the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) testified today at a hearing of a House Education & Workforce Committee Subcommittee on the subject of Providing Acces
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Reform Update: VA research pinpoints most costly combos of chronic conditions

By Melanie Evans New research from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department found that VA patients who have at least three chronic conditions account for a disproportionate share of total medical costs. The study pinpointed which combinations of chronic conditions were most expensive. Rea
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Drug, insurer groups battle Medicare Part D cost-control measure

By Virgil Dickson Drug industry and insurance groups are lobbying hard to scuttle a proposed CMS rule aimed at controlling costs, increasing competition and curbing fraud in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Read more…
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ACA insurance co-op enrollment reaches 300,000

By Paul Demko Roughly 300,000 individuals have signed up for plans offered by not-for-profit health insurance carriers that were seeded with $2 billion in loan money through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more…
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Analysis: In Florida, early test of Obamacare’s potency in 2014 elections

By John Whitesides INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – The November midterm elections are more than eight months away, but a battle for an open congressional seat in Florida has become a high-stakes test of a crucial question for the fall: how the Republican assault on Presi
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U.S. Medicare chief defends proposed Part D drug benefit reforms

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s top Medicare official on Tuesday defended proposed changes to the popular Part D drug benefits program for the elderly and disabled that are fiercely opposed by a broad network of drugmakers, insurers, healt
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Health Law Already Has Impact on Bottom Lines

By Noelle Knox The Affordable Care Act’s impact on the bottom line is starting to ripple across corporate America. More than 80 public companies told investors the new health-care rules were, or could be, a financial boost or drag on their quarterly earnings, though they were of
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Finding the Right Health Plan, Online

By Avery Johnson Under the Affordable Care Act, just about everyone must apply for health insurance by March 31 or possibly pay a penalty. As the deadline nears, there are new tools consumers can turn to that might make finding the right plan easier and cheaper. Read more…
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Public health exchange enrollment reaches about 4 million

Jerry Geisel About 4 million people have enrolled in plans offered through public health insurance exchanges, a top Obama administration official said, as enrollment continues to surge. Read more…
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