State Legislative/Regulatory News

Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. Exclusive Reporting for the Week of March 25, 2014 March 25, 2014 — This is your weekly update of state legislative/regulatory developments affecting companies involved in the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace. Should
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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 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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Per-person healthcare spending highest in Mass.; Minn. sees decline

By Andis Robeznieks Massachusetts leads the nation in the percentage of residents with health insurance. It also spends more on healthcare per person than any other state. In Minnesota, meanwhile, health spending actually declined. Read more…
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More Turmoil in State Health Exchanges

By Amy Schatz The leader of Minnesota’s health-insurance marketplace resigned after taking a two-week vacation in late November when the state’s website was experiencing technical problems, making her the fourth state health-insurance chief to be ousted. Read more…
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Device-tax repeal surfaces as key in budget stalemate

By Jaimy Lee and Jessica Zigmond There are growing signs that repeal of the medical-device tax, fervently sought by the politically potent device industry, may be a key element in resolving the impasse in Congress over the budget and raising the debt ceiling. But the White House conti
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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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States’ Implementation Of Exchanges May Decide Fate Of ACA.

Over the holiday weekend through today, a number of national outlets reported on exchange implementation occurring across the US. Notably, from a national perspective, Bloomberg News  (5/28, Nussbaum) reports that the fate of the Affordable Care Act is “being decided far from Capitol
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Employers seek clarity on health reform law mandate on essential benefits

Despite rules that require mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment be included as essential health benefits in 2014, employers say they need more clarification on the benefits that will vary greatly by state. Final rules the U.S. Department of Health and Human S
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Minnesota hospitals bash new Blues payment policy

Minnesota Hospital Association says rural hospitals, in particular, will be pushed into deep red ink A new Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota payment policy will cost hospitals millions of dollars and push many small, rural hospitals “into deep, deep red ink,” the Min
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