Reform Update: CMS creates workarounds to ensure Medicaid coverage

By Virgil Dickson Faced with the reality that HealthCare.gov still has limited ability to transmit completed Medicaid applications to state agencies, the CMS has come up with two new workarounds to ensure people get covered. Read more…
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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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Healthcare.Gov’s Flaws Found, Fixes Eyed

By Christopher Weaver & Louise Radnofsky Government officials are considering rebuilding some parts of the federally run health-insurance marketplace that have been identified as the key flaws that blocked many consumers from getting coverage. Read more…
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State-Run Health Exchanges Gain Some Traction

By Amy Schatz At least 38,000 people have signed up for new health plans in the state-run insurance exchanges that opened Oct. 1, while more than 100,000 have completed applications and are close to finishing the process, according to state data. Read More…
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Congressional Benefits Cloud Health Fight

One of the disputes roiling Washington during the government shutdown is whether the federal government should continue to subsidize health insurance for members of Congress and their staff. The Obama administration has published rules saying it will, and some Republicans again attack
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Federal Health Website Still Sluggish

By: Timothy W. Martin, Christopher Weaver and Arian Campo-Flores Efforts to clear logjams in the federal health law’s new online insurance marketplaces met with only modest success Wednesday, with strong traffic exacerbating waits and relatively few consumers able to enroll in p
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Like your health care policy? You may be losing it

Author: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar  Taken From: Yahoo Finance WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people who buy their own health insurance could get surprises in the mail this fall: cancellation notices because their current policies aren’t up to the basic standards of President Barack O
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AMICUS COMMITTEE UPDATE

WA S 5126, SC S 258, AZ H 2238, AZ H 2239 and NB LB 479 WashingtonSenate Bill 5126 is, according to the bill itself, “an explicit restatement of the legislature’s original intent to grant the Department of Labor and Industries or a self-insured employer the authority to reimburs
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More states work to implement health care law

Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington receive grants to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington will receive mo
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State Health Care Reform Update

For the last few years, states have been leading the way toward more comprehensive health care coverage to ensure that more people have or can obtain health insurance. With the passage of federal health care reform, states will have increasing responsibilities in regard to employer-pr
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