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Top Minnesota exchange insurer PreferredOne drops out for 2015
By James Nord | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a surprising move certain to shake up Minnesota's state-run exchange, PreferredOne, a large provider-owned health plan, announced it will drop out of the MNsure exchange for 2015.
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ACA co-op plans retool for 2015 open enrollment
By Paul Demko | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Many consumer-governed insurance plans that struggled to attract customers during the first year of open enrollment are aggressively pricing and retooling products to be more competitive when the exchanges re-open for business on Nov. 15.
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Census data puts uninsured at 13.4% in 2013, echoes Q1 reported rate
By Virgil Dickson | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 13.4% of Americans were uninsured in 2013, but comparing that with previous years of U.S. Census Bureau data isn't possible because of a change in the questions used, the bureau reported Tuesday. The 2013 uninsured level is roughly equivalent to an estimate of uninsured for the first...
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Doctors over-extended, worried about patient access, new study finds
By Andis Robeznieks | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Most doctors are worried about future patient access to care, finds a new survey of roughly 20,100 physicians done by the Physicians Foundation.
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Fairview's health plan leaving Minnesota insurance exchange
By James Nord | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a surprising move that will shake up Minnesota's state-run Obamacare exchange, PreferredOne, a large provider-run health plan affiliated with Fairview Health Services, will drop out of the MNsure exchange for 2015, company and state officials announced Tuesday.
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Nearly half-million ACA enrollees still need to verify eligibility
By Virgil Dickson | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration is still trying to reach hundreds of thousands of people whose citizenship or income the government has been unable to verify to confirm their eligibility for the Obamacare plans they purchased in the federal marketplace.
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Reform Update: Doctors order unnecessary tests without even realizing it
By Sabriya Rice | September 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Physicians order unnecessary tests and procedures to inoculate themselves from legal liability more than they realize, according to a new survey of physicians at several hospitals in one Massachusetts health system.
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Familiar Medicare talking points pop up in tight congressional races
By Paul Demko | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare has not been at the forefront of Iowa's tightly contested Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. But last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee started running an ad attacking Braley on Medicare.
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Reform Update: Insurers brace for potential IT problems in second open enrollment
By Darius Tahir | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health plan officials are pressing the CMS to affirmatively notify them when their members choose a different plan through HealthCare.gov for 2015 rather than re-enrolling in the same plan. But the CMS merely says it is exploring whether it will accommodate that request.
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Reform Update: Familiar talking points on Medicare emerge in tight congressional contests
By Paul Demko | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare has not been at the forefront of Iowa's tightly contested Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. But last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee started running an ad attacking Braley's stance on Medicare. It is also running...
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