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Obamacare's political turning point
By Harris Meyer, Managing editor | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
We've come to a fascinating point in the Obamacare political battle where Republican candidates aren't sure they still want to attack Democrats over the law, and Democrats still aren't sure they want to claim credit for it.
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AHA's Richard Umbdenstock on value-based payments, narrow networks
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner recently spoke with Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association and vice chairman of the National Quality Forum, about the future of value-based payment, narrow networks and antitrust enforcement.
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Wash. exchange plans double; average rates rise 1.9%
By Rachel Landen | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consumers in Washington state will have more choices in health plans next year and at rates lower than initially proposed, according to information made public by the state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
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Language, tech barriers said to hinder Obamacare enrollees from proving citizenship
By Paul Demko | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 300,000 people who purchased health plans through the federal exchange face a Sept. 5 deadline to provide proof of their citizenship or immigration status or risk losing coverage at the end of the month. But immigrant advocacy groups are warning that many of them have been stymied from...
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Information
Federal auditors sought documents related to troubled Md. exchange
By Washington Post | August 27, 2014
Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the company fired by Maryland officials after the disastrous launch of the state's health insurance exchange, received a request from federal auditors last month to turn over documents related to the troubled project, chief executive Tom McGraw said Tuesday.
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HealthCare.gov to be run by Connecticut exchange leader
By Darius Tahir | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leader of one of the most successful state-based insurance exchanges will head to Washington to become CEO of the federal marketplace. The CMS named Connecticut's Kevin Counihan to the newly created post on Tuesday.
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Magazine
Provider plans price more aggressively on insurance exchanges
By Paul Demko | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The launch of the Obamacare exchanges has offered an opportunity for provider-sponsored plans to compete on a level playing field with the traditional insurers that long have dominated the individual and small-group markets.
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Information
Oregon sues Oracle over failed healthcare website
By Associated Press | August 22, 2014
The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.
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Information
Md. officials: Rebuilt health insurance exchange will be fixed by November
By Washington Post | August 20, 2014
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is confident that its rapid rebuilding of the state's health insurance website is progressing as planned and will be ready before the next enrollment period begins in November.
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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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