SIIA State Legislative/Regulatory Update Report

Exclusive Reporting for the Week of March 16, 2015  March 16, 2015 — This is your weekly update of state legislative/regulatory developments affecting companies involved in the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace. Should you have any questions on information pro
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Federal Funding and State Health-Care Exchanges

By Chris Jacobs Conservatives have long argued that “first dollar” insurance coverage helps raise the cost of health care, as people tend to overconsume services they perceive as free. Implementation of state insurance exchanges appears to confirm that hypothesis: Several states that
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New York surpasses goal for private health plan signups

By Paul Demko More than 250,000 New Yorkers have signed up for private health plans through the state’s insurance exchange. That easily surpasses the goal of 218,000 by the end of the open enrollment period on March 31 that was outlined in a September memo from the CMS (PDF). Re
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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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Maryland’s Next Health Care Experiment

Here & Now Maryland is embarking on a new health care experiment. Governor Martin O’Malley has announced that his state will cap how much its hospitals are allowed to spend. If the plan works, hospitals will be rewarded for keeping people out their beds, not in them. Read more
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Maryland Democrats Turn on Each Other Over Obamacare’s Botched Launch

By Devin Leonard Republicans are determined to hold Democrats accountable for the horrendous launch of Healthcare.gov. Now they have some company: other Democrats. Read more…
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Maryland rep wants state to switch to using federal insurance marketplace

By Paul Demko In a move that would have been unimaginable less than two months ago, a Democratic congressman from a state that has a dysfunctional state-run insurance exchange wants to let people buy coverage through the improved federal HealthCare.gov website. Read more…
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Reform Update: Medicaid enrollment outpaces private plans on state exchanges

By Steven Ross Johnson In many states around the country, the volume of Medicaid enrollment so far has surpassed the enrollment of people in private health plans through the state insurance exchanges set up by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Much of the reported enroll
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Exchange variables – Finding providers depends on state

By Maureen McKinney Choice of healthcare provider often ranks second only to cost when consumers choose a health insurance plan. But for visitors to the new federally facilitated and state-run insurance exchanges, their ability to search easily for in-network doctors and hospitals wil
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Software, Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website

By: Christopher Weaver, Shira Ovide and Louise Radnofsky Six days into the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the new health-care law, the federal government acknowledged for the first time Sunday it needed to fix design and software problems that have kept customers from app
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