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Reform Update: People keeping noncompliant plans; rate impact varies by state
By Darius Tahir | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When the Obama administration in November 2013 decided to allow states to decide if individuals could keep noncompliant insurance plans, speculation began about what effect that decision would have on premiums and enrollment for plans that did comply with provisions of the reform law. As with so...
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Rural residents pay more for exchange plans than city dwellers: report
By Paul Demko | August 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Rural residents paid slightly higher premiums on exchange plans in 2014 than their urban counterparts, according to a new analysis of plan filings.
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Reform Update: Economists waiting for more numbers before dissecting ACA's impact on spending
By Melanie Evans | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consumer health spending did not accelerate in April, May and June even as insurance coverage purchased through March under Obamacare went into effect, a preliminary federal estimate shows. Economists, however, met the news with more skepticism than curiosity, perhaps because of dramatic revisions...
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Healthier school lunches popular with kids: study
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 29, 2014
New federal nutrition standards for school lunchrooms have become a lightning rod for Obama administration opponents, who criticize them for prompting lunchroom waste, higher food costs for school districts, and sending students home hungry.
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Reform Update: Saying Medicaid expansion will help some vets is not likely to sway opponents
By Virgil Dickson | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress this week is expected to approve new funding to get veterans off waiting lists and into care. While that moves forward, some patient advocates, hospital leaders and politicians are pointing to another more controversial way to help a small portion of the veteran population that doesn't...
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Reform Update: Insurers, providers may need to work harder to educate ACA's newly covered
By Rachel Landen | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Millions of Americans gained health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this year, but the influx apparently has not yet translated into patients packing doctors' offices. That may reflect a lack of understanding about how and where to seek care—and a lack...
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Health issues are stressing out Americans, study finds
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 07, 2014
Health-related incidents were the largest contributor of stress for Americans over the past year, a poll finds.
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Provider lauds effort to let patients review, correct health records
By Joseph Conn | June 25, 2014
Since last October, patients at the Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., have been able to go to a Web-based portal, review and update their own electronic health records and help clinicians and staffers prepare “co-notes” in advance of face-to-face visits.
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Reform Update: Nearly 60% of ACA enrollees had been uninsured, Kaiser survey finds
By Rachel Landen | June 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Among Americans who purchased health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, the percentage of those who were previously uninsured may be twice as high as earlier estimates indicated, according to survey results released today by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Insurance exchange premiums shouldn't spike in 2015: study
By Paul Demko | May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Premiums for insurance plans sold through the federal and state exchanges were lower than anticipated in 2014 and double-digit spikes shouldn't be expected next year, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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