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Actuaries want rates revised if subsidies end

Actuaries want rates revised if subsidies end

By Bob Herman  |  February 28, 2015

Actuaries are pressing HHS to allow health insurers to revise their rates for 2016 coverage if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in federal exchanges.

White House: No quick fix if court kills health subsidies

By Associated Press  |  February 25, 2015

President Barack Obama's health secretary told Congress Tuesday that she has no administrative actions available to fix the "massive damage to our healthcare system" that would result should the Supreme Court invalidate federal subsidies that help millions of Americans buy healthcare coverage.

Democrats seek relief from ACA penalties

Democrats seek relief from ACA penalties

By Associated Press  |  February 16, 2015

The official sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

Some states extend deadlines for ACA sign-ups

By Associated Press  |  February 15, 2015

After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of the Affordable Care Act were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage. But extra time was being offered in some states.

HHS stonewalls on King v. Burwell, releases sign-up numbers

HHS stonewalls on King v. Burwell, releases sign-up numbers

By Paul Demko  |  February 04, 2015

HHS on Wednesday was trumpeting that 10 million individuals have signed up for healthcare coverage even as senior officials refused to address "what if" scenarios should the Supreme Court rule against HealthCare.gov insurance subsidies in the King v. Burwell case.

Federal health IT coordinator sets 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 30, 2015

A new report from the federal health IT coordinator calls for most providers to be able to use their EHR systems to send, receive and use “a common set of electronic clinical information ... at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.”

Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

By Melanie Evans and Bob Herman  |  January 28, 2015

U.S. healthcare providers and insurers start from widely divergent places as some of the largest move to put most of their business into payment models that reward lower cost and higher quality care.

HHS sets goals for expanding new Medicare payment models

By Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

The Obama administration wants 30% of payments for traditional Medicare benefits to be tied to alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations by the end of 2016. The administration also has set a goal of hitting 50% by the end of 2018.

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