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Reform Update: Governor races could be referendum on ACA, Medicaid expansion
By Rebecca Kern | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With governor races in 36 states this fall, new faces in several governors' chairs could influence states' stances on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation and Medicaid expansion.
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Telehealth gains momentum in Obamacare era
By Information Week | April 18, 2014
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's focus on population health and cost-cutting is encouraging providers and insurers to invest in remote healthcare technologies.
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Doc-group acquisition boosts Northwestern Memorial's revenue
By Rachel Landen | April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare reported stronger revenue for its second quarter thanks in large part to its acquisition of a large physician practice group from Northwestern University.
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ACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through HealthCare.gov are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
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Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
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UnitedHealth to expand exchange presence as profits dip
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer, plans to expand its presence in the state and federal exchange marketplaces in 2015.
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Reform Update: Uptick hinted in healthcare use, spending
By Melanie Evans | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Recent indicators provide increasing evidence that health spending may be accelerating, even before millions of Americans newly insured through the federal and state insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion start their healthcare shopping. Signs point to a rebound in healthcare use, which has...
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Uninsured rate drops faster in states friendly to Obamacare
By Paul Demko | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States that have embraced the federal healthcare law are seeing significantly sharper reductions in the rate of individuals lacking health insurance than are states that are not implementing key provisions of the law, according to a Gallup survey.
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Reform Update: Pharmacists call for delay on new Medicaid generic reimbursement rates
By Virgil Dickson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pharmacists and drug manufacturers are pushing the CMS for a one-year transition period before states attempt to implement a new formula mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will significantly trim Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic drugs.
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Tax preparers' new role: Health-coverage advisers
By New York Times | April 15, 2014
Iris I. Burnell, an adviser at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, has prepared scores of returns in the last few months, as she does every year ahead of the April 15 filing deadline. But many of her consultations this year have also included educating clients about the tax implications of the Affordable...
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