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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Maryland Says It Has 326 Enrollees in Health Exchange

By: Peter Landers The state of Maryland says it has thousands of people interested in buying health insurance on its new state-run exchange, but only 326 so far have actually enrolled in new coverage. Read More..
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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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Snake-bite victim socked with $55K bill

Article Written by:  Claudine Zap   Taken From: Yahoo News A Maryland woman treated for a snake bite received another shocker: a $55,000 medical bill. Jules Weiss had stopped to take a photo at an overlook along the George Washington Parkway. On the way back to her car, she felt somet
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Wait For Obamacare Price Tags Could Be Months

Last week Vermont became the first state to provide a glimpse of how expensive individual health insurance might be under the Affordable Care Act. Proposed rates there, while of questionable relevance to the rest of the country because of the state’s unusual insurance market, showed l
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