A few Ala. counties halt marriage licenses to gay couples

By Brian Lyman, Brad Harper and Andrew Yawn, The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An order from the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court aimed at thwarting the availability of same-sex marriage in the state seems to be having little effect, according to calls
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Alabama Blue Cross Shares Obamacare Tax Woes With Customers

By Jay Hancock Insurance companies aren’t crazy about their share of the health law’s taxes, but mostly they’ve complained to politicians and regulators. At least one health plan wants to bring consumers into the loop. “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes” is a separate line item on bi
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Ready or not

Article Written by:  Maureen McKinney   Taken From:   Modern Healthcare State-based Republican opposition to implementation of the healthcare reform law forced federal officials to scramble over the past six months to design and launch far more local health insurance exchanges than or
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Alabama Won’t Enforce Federal Health Care Rules

MONTGOMERY | Gov. Robert Bentley has rejected another provision of the federal health care overhaul pushed by President Barack Obama, saying Alabama insurance regulators won’t enforce parts of the law aimed at protecting consumers. Bentley wrote a letter to federal officials last mont
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Mobile County Commission considers employee healthcare clinic to reduce costs

MOBILE, Alabama — The Mobile County Commission is considering creating its own clinic for employees in order to reduce its healthcare costs. All employees, retirees and their adult dependents would have access to the clinic for primary care visits at no cost. Read More..
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I Hope Trustmark Tells HHS to Go Pound Sand

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that, “Trustmark Life Insurance Company has proposed unreasonable health insurance premium increases in five states—Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming. The excessive rate hikes would affect nearly 10
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Affordable Care Act holding insurers accountable for premium hikes

Health insurance premium increases in five states have been deemed “unreasonable” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. After independent expert review, HHS determined that Trustmark Life Insurance Company has proposed un
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