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Ohio attorney general sues over healthcare law tax

By Associated Press  |  January 26, 2015

Applying a tax aimed at helping keep premiums affordable under the federal healthcare law to state and local governments is unconstitutional, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday.

Projected ACA costs drop by $100 billion

By Paul Demko  |  January 26, 2015

The insurance coverage provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are expected to cost roughly $100 billion less over the next decade than previously projected, according to the latest analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

3.2 million newly eligible adults joined Medicaid in early 2014

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2015

The CMS is taking a deep data dive into Medicaid enrollment data to uncover just how many new adults have joined the state programs since the Affordable Care Act motivated many states to expand eligibility last year.

Proposed insurance enrollment period worries some

By Associated Press  |  January 25, 2015

A proposal to shift the Affordable Care Act's annual enrollment period could both help and hurt consumers, according to state insurance regulators and industry officials.

Medicaid and budget issues face Wyoming Legislature

By Associated Press  |  January 25, 2015

A key Wyoming Senate committee could decide by the end of this week on the general outlines of how the state may try to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of working poor.

Added protections for consumer information on HealthCare.gov

By Associated Press  |  January 24, 2015

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

Anti-Medicaid expansion lawmaker criticizes radio ads

By Associated Press  |  January 24, 2015

Tennessee's State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

Health spending jump expected in economic report

By Melanie Evans  |  January 24, 2015

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis this week will release its first look at economic growth—including U.S. spending on healthcare services—for the final three months of last year.

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

Will Obama's budget offer fresh ideas or stay the course?

By Paul Demko  |  January 24, 2015

President Obama has two options to flesh out healthcare spending priorities in his annual budget recommendations: Submit a status quo spending blueprint or propose new initiatives he knows Republicans will reject for the sake of shaping the healthcare debate in the 2016 presidential election.

Guest commentary: Pharmacy will play key roles in healthcare evolution

Guest commentary: Pharmacy will play key roles in healthcare evolution

By Chuck Ball  |  January 23, 2015

In today's reform environment, the roles of pharmacy and pharmacists are constantly changing, so it's no surprise that the year ahead is likely to present health-system pharmacies with new opportunities, along with elevated responsibilities and risks. Pharmacy leaders will play an even more...

Senate GOP fails to sway Dems on Obamacare workweek change

Senate GOP fails to sway Dems on Obamacare workweek change

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 22, 2015

Senate Republicans appeared to make no progress Thursday in convincing more Democrats to join them in making a significant change to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by backing a bill redefining full-time employment as 40 hours per week instead of 30 hours.

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