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Reform Update: Cost-sharing subsidies help poor pay for ACA care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies for buying exchange coverage have drawn huge attention this week following conflicting appellate court rulings about their legality. But far less is known about the law's related provision for helping lower-income Americans afford......

Bogus exchange applications resulted in coverage, GAO says

A day after federal appellate courts issued conflicting rulings about whether individuals who obtain coverage through the federal exchange are eligible for subsidies, a House subcommittee heard about another aspect of health insurance subsidies, namely that it's apparently easy to obtain them under......

Courts issue conflicting rulings on federal insurance subsidies

The federal courts kicked up new uncertainty for the healthcare reform law with conflicting rulings on whether the U.S. can help consumers buy health plans on federally run exchanges. But HHS may be able to sidestep the controversy....

Dr. Susan Turney leaving MGMA to lead Marshfield Clinic

MGMA President and CEO Dr. Susan Turney plans to resign Aug. 29 to take over as the first CEO of the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System starting Sept. 1....

4th Circuit upholds ACA insurance subsidies

Federal judges in Richmond., Va., unanimously upheld the legality of subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state Tuesday. The ruling came roughly two hours after a panel of judges in Washington ruled subsidies on federal exchanges were illegal under language in the Patient Protection and......

D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges

A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act. The ruling sets up an almost-certain appeal to the Supreme Court....

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Sales of da Vinci robotic surgery systems continue to flag
By Jaimy Lee | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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Courts issue conflicting rulings on federal insurance subsidies
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal courts kicked up new uncertainty for the healthcare reform law with conflicting rulings on whether the U.S. can help consumers buy health plans on federally run exchanges. But HHS may be...
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Dr. Susan Turney leaving MGMA to lead Marshfield Clinic
By Andis Robeznieks | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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Ascension Health plans joint-venture with Dignity, Tenet to run Ariz. hospitals
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