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Vital Signs
'Copper plans' could cut subsidies, lower deficit, but would consumers bite?
By Paul Demko | August 19, 2014
Allowing cheaper health plans designed to cover just half of medical costs to be sold on the exchanges would result in 350,000 additional individuals enrolling in coverage in the next decade, according to an analysis by Avalere Health.
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Without Medicaid expansion, some hospitals suffer | Hospitals see big differences between Medicaid expansion and nonexpansion states
By Beth Kutscher | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals in Medicaid expansion states are seeing deep reductions in their uninsured volume and the amount of uncompensated care they deliver. That's not happening in nonexpansion states.
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Information
Oracle sues Oregon over health insurance exchange
By Associated Press | August 09, 2014
Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.
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Information
Mass. sticking with its health insurance website
By Boston Globe | August 08, 2014
The Massachusetts Health Connector will use its own software rather than relying on the federal HealthCare.gov website when open enrollment for subsidized health insurance starts Nov. 15. The decision, announced Friday by state officials, marks an important step toward recovery from the...
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News
Reform Update: Exchanges need better tech or better info on narrow networks, experts say
By Darius Tahir | August 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Experts and consumer advocates have faulted the Obamacare insurance exchanges for not providing clear, accurate and up-to-date information to consumers about which providers are in the health plans offered on the exchanges. Experts say in the future, exchanges will have better technological tools...
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U.S. watchdog gives IRS high marks on Obamacare eligibility data
By Reuters | August 07, 2014
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has provided nearly accurate information on eligibility data for consumers who sought subsidized health coverage through Obamacare's private insurance exchanges, a federal watchdog said.
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News
Rural residents pay more for exchange plans than city dwellers: report
By Paul Demko | August 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Rural residents paid slightly higher premiums on exchange plans in 2014 than their urban counterparts, according to a new analysis of plan filings.
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Information
Vermont will replace CGI, health exchange vendor
By Burlington (Vt.) Free Press | August 04, 2014
Vermont and CGI, the vendor hired to develop and host an online, federally mandated health insurance marketplace for the state, have agreed to reduce the scope of their contractual agreement over the next 60 days. The marketplace—called Vermont Health Connect—has struggled since its...
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Information
Some doctors unhappy with lower-paying exchange health plans
By PBS News Hour | August 04, 2014
At his Hartford, Conn., office, Dr. Doug Gerard conducts a routine exam on a patient complaining of joint pain. For a quick visit like this, a private insurer would reimburse Gerard $100 or more. For the same visit, Medicare pays less—about $80. The new private plans under the Affordable Care...
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Information
Oregon releases 2015 health insurance plan rates
By Associated Press | August 02, 2014
Oregon will see a much tighter range of premium prices in 2015 for individual and small employer health insurance plans, according to new rates announced Friday by state regulators.
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