GAO to probe health exchanges

By Associated Press The investigative arm of Congress on Wednesday agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country. The U.S. Government Accountability Office accepted an initial request from a group of House Republicans seeking an audit on how $304
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Reform Update: Insurers, regulators cool to extension of noncompliant plans

By Paul Demko The Obama administration decision to allow renewals for plans not compliant with the ACA into 2016 was met with a tepid response from state regulators and insurers. They expressed concern that the change could destabilize the fledgling state and federal exchange marketpl
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How to Bring the Price of Health Care Into the Open

By Melinda Beck It’s a simple idea, but a radical one. Let people know in advance how much health care will cost them—and whether they can find a better deal somewhere else. Read more…
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Sharp growth in health exchange enrollments expected: Moody’s

By Jerry Geisel Private health insurance exchanges, which now provide coverage to a sliver of the employer market, are likely to grow exponentially during the next few years, predicts a new report released Tuesday. Read more…
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Healthcare providers oppose Medicare cuts in Obama’s 2015 budget

By Paul Demko and Jessica Zigmond President Barack Obama is proposing more than $400 billion in cuts to Medicare over the next decade in his fiscal 2015 budget, an almost identical amount to what he recommended last year. But those cuts are heavily weighted toward future years, with o
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Two-year extension seen for canceled health plans

By Associated Press The Obama administration will allow a two-year extension for people whose individual health insurance policies don’t comply with requirements of the new healthcare law, helping to defuse a politically difficult election-year issue for Democrats. Read moreR
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Obama’s budget plan gives key VA health IT projects $893 million

By Joseph Conn Three key health information technology projects at the Veterans Affairs Department will receive $893 million under the proposed federal budget President Barack Obama submitted Tuesday. Read more…
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State Legislative/Regulatory News

Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. Exclusive Reporting for the Week of March 5, 2014 March 5, 2014 — This is your weekly update of state legislative/regulatory developments affecting companies involved in the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace. Should yo
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March Is The Final Month Of The Health Law’s Open Enrollment Period — And The Rush Is On!

Kaiser Health News News outlets report that the White House — facing high political stakes — is attempting to increase the enrollment numbers with a targeted push aimed at African Americans, Latinos, young people and residents of cities with the highest uninsured rates. Re
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efining the New Normal: What Are Private Exchanges and How Will They Change Health Insurance?

By Jonathan Field, Managing Editor, The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism All indications point toward private health insurance exchanges being a central component in the health benefits landscape of the future. But are employers ready? In this nascent market, navigating even the m
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