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Southerners disike Obamacare but they don’t want it repealed
By New York Times | April 24, 2014
Despite strong dislike of President Barack Obama’s handling of healthcare, a majority of people in three Southern states–Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina–would rather that Congress improve his signature healthcare law than repeal and replace it, according to a poll.
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Aetna guarded about exchange expansion even as earnings soar
By Paul Demko | April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna remains wary about expanding its presence in public healthcare exchanges for 2015 because of lingering uncertainties about the emerging marketplaces, the company's CEO said Thursday. That news came as the Hartford, Conn.-based insurer reported that it significantly exceeded profit...
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Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say
By Virgil Dickson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers.
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CMS mulls replacing HealthCare.gov contractor Accenture
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is in the early stages of determining if a smaller vendor could take over HealthCare.gov when Accenture’s one-year contract expires.
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Patients often seek care outside of their ACOs
By Melanie Evans | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare accountable care organizations may find the incentive to manage healthcare quality and cost very weak. New research suggests patients frequently seek care outside of the ACOs they're assigned to, and many do not stay within the same ACO from one year to the next.
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Sebelius sought donations for Enroll America: GAO
By Paul Demko | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising efforts on behalf of a not-for-profit group leading Obamacare enrollment efforts were limited to two previously disclosed phone calls, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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Millions slip into Obamacare 'coverage gap'
By CNNMoney.com | April 21, 2014
About 8 million people have signed up for Year 1 of Obamacare, but millions of others are still falling into the law's "coverage gap." They earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet don't make enough to get federal subsidies to buy private insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange.
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ACA enrollment tops 8 million, premium estimates lowered
By Paul Demko | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Higher-than-expected enrollment, lower-than-expected premiums and subsidy costs, and increased interest from insurers made last week a good one for Obamacare, leaving Republican critics scrambling to figure out how to respond.
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Key governor races could affect ACA implementation, Medicaid expansion
By Rebecca Kern | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With governor races in 36 states this fall, new faces in several governors' chairs could influence those states' stances on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation and Medicaid expansion.
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Kansas extending ban on expansion of Medicaid
By Associated Press | April 19, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has indefinitely extended a ban on expanding Medicaid in Kansas under the federal healthcare overhaul.
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