Administration Offers Contraception Compromise for Religious Employers

By Louise Radnofsky WASHINGTON—The Obama administration outlined a new compromise Friday aimed at shielding religious business owners and Christian universities and charities from the health law’s contraception-coverage requirements, but a chilly initial response from Roman Cath
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Obama administration floats new prescription contraceptive rules

By Jerry Geisel The Obama administration sought Friday to end a long-running controversy by proposing new ways to enable employees of nonprofit religiously affiliated organizations — such as hospitals — and private closely held corporations to obtain coverage for prescription contrace
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Reform Update: GOP likely to focus on repealing medical device tax, employer mandate

By Paul Demko If Republicans win control of the Senate in November, which most political forecasters rate as a better-than-even proposition, they almost certainly will vote to repeal Obamacare. In doing so, they will join House Republicans, who have voted many times to wipe out the la
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California: Insurers must cover elective abortions

By Associated Press Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans.
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Federal directive threatens Oregon Medicaid reform

By Associated Press Officials responsible for implementing ambitious changes to the Oregon Health Plan are worried a new federal directive could undo the state’s Medicaid reform. Read more…
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Reform Update: People keeping noncompliant plans; rate impact varies by state

By Darius Tahir When the Obama administration in November 2013 decided to allow states to decide if individuals could keep noncompliant insurance plans, speculation began about what effect that decision would have on premiums and enrollment for plans that did comply with provisions of
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Patients Seeking Cheaper Care Are Soliciting Bids From Doctors Online

By Sandra G. Boodman Francisco Velazco couldn’t wait any longer. For several years, the 35-year-old Seattle handyman had searched for an orthopedic surgeon who would reconstruct the torn ligament in his knee for a price he could afford. Read more…
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Providers Are Not ERISA Beneficiaries

MyHealthGuide Source: Todd Leeuwenburgh, 8/8/2014, Thompson Blog Case: DB Healthcare v. BCBS Arizona, 2014 WL 3349920 (D.C. Ariz., July 9, 2014). In a decision sharply at odds with a recent Illinois ruling, a federal district court in Arizona held that health care providers cannot be
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SIIA NAIC Summer Meeting Report: Regulators Considers Policy Proposals Affecting Self-Insurance Marketplace

MyHealthGuide Source: The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA), 8/16/2014. www.SIIA.org The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) participated on 8/16/2014 in two NAIC Working Group meetings where policy proposals affecting the self-insurance marketplace were di
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Regulators Considers Policy Proposals Affecting Self-Insurance Marketplace

Special Communication SIIA.ORG August 17, 2014 – The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) yesterday participated in two NAIC Working Group meetings where policy proposals affecting the self-insurance marketplace were discussed. This communication will serve to provid
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