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CMS official on HealthCare.gov disaster: Lesson learned
By Darius Tahir | July 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Responding to a scathing review of the Obama administration's handling of HealthCare.gov last year, new CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt told lawmakers Thursday that the administration is better prepared to avoid and respond to technology problems when a new wave of consumers floods...
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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
By Associated Press | July 31, 2014
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new healthcare program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
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EHealth aims for larger share of subsidized insurance market
By Paul Demko | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Online brokerage eHealth is planning to be much more active in signing up individuals for coverage who qualify for subsidies during the 2015 open-enrollment period, company officials said during a call with investors Wednesday.
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Under pressure to run insurance exchanges, states wary of glitches
By Paul Demko | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
New Mexico has decided to stick with HealthCare.gov for 2015. Given the vast technology problems many state-based exchanges experienced during the first open-enrollment period, state officials there and elsewhere remain wary of running their own websites.
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Obamacare subsidy rulings put heat on governors
By Paul Demko | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Republican governors—particularly those in tough re-election battles—could find it politically dicey to resist taking steps to keep exchange subsidies flowing in their states.
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Reform Update: States will face pressure to keep subsidies jeopardized by ruling
By Paul Demko | July 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The ramifications of this week's federal appellate court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell—assuming the decision is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court—could be immense.
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Working around exchange subsidy ruling should be easy: experts
By Darius Tahir and Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tuesday's split decision in two federal appellate court cases over whether consumers shopping on the federal insurance exchange can receive premium subsidies could have major effects on the healthcare market. But some experts say officials in states that have not established their own state-run...
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Suit alleges Tennessee put Medicaid applicants in limbo by steering them to HealthCare.gov
By Beth Kutscher | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tennessee residents who faced lengthy delays when they applied for Medicaid are now suing the state for failing to process their applications in a timely manner.
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Bogus exchange applications resulted in coverage, GAO says
By Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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...
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California plans to cut Medicaid application backlog by September, CMS told
By Virgil Dickson | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
California hopes to decrease its Medicaid application backlog to 350,000 potential enrollees by September from the 600,000 applications it had on hand at the end of June, the state said in a letter sent to the CMS earlier this week.
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