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Vital Signs
Setting up a state exchange not as simple as some think, analyst argues
By Harris Meyer | July 29, 2014
Some state officials and health policy experts argue it should be relatively easy for states that have not yet established their own insurance exchanges to find a legal workaround to retain federal premium subsidies following last week's ruling disallowing subsidies through the federal...
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Information
8,700 MinnesotaCare users sent wrong information about renewal
By St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press | July 29, 2014
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is moving quickly to correct an error in notices sent to more than 8,700 people in the MinnesotaCare health insurance program. The mistakes are part of a massive transition of public health insurance beneficiaries to the new MNsure information technology...
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News
Under pressure to run insurance exchanges, states wary of glitches
By Paul Demko | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
New Mexico has decided to stick with HealthCare.gov for 2015. Given the vast technology problems many state-based exchanges experienced during the first open-enrollment period, state officials there and elsewhere remain wary of running their own websites.
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Magazine
Reform Update: Insurers, states seek coverage continuity between Medicaid and private plans
By Virgil Dickson | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
After Stella Marie Means retired in March at age 55 from a clerical job in the healthcare industry, she worried about how she and her husband would be able to maintain their health coverage and afford their medications.
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Magazine
Fictitious applicants easily get ACA subsidies: GAO
By Paul Demko | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While federal courts last week ruled on the legality of insurance subsidies issued from federally run exchanges, Congress was hearing about another, much more dollars-and-cents subsidy issue, namely how easy it apparently is for consumers to lie to obtain subsidies.
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Who should lead care team? Not necessarily a doctor, and other letters
By Modern Healthcare | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the Q&A with Dr. Robert Wah, the new American Medical Association president, “Doctors should be captain of the ship,” I wish to offer a more contemporary view that patients and families want the provider who is best prepared to meet their needs and preferences to lead the...
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Magazine
Using the courts to sow confusion on healthcare reform
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The conflicting appellate court opinions on the validity of health insurance subsidies in states with federally run exchanges will give the U.S. Supreme Court a second opportunity to eviscerate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a decision that is at least a year away.
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Vital Signs
Healthcare leaders rolling with the punches in wake of subsidy rulings
By Andis Robeznieks | July 25, 2014
This week's court rulings that cast doubt on exchange subsidies in many states had the nation's great minds making big-picture pronouncements of what it all meant. In the trenches of the healthcare industry, leaders were asked to explain the perplexing developments to customers and local business...
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News
Colorado insurance exchange CEO jumps to Cigna
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, will leave her position at the state's health insurance exchange in mid-August to become president of Cigna's private exchange business.
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News
Former Wal-Mart exec joins HHS
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Wednesday that Leslie Dach, a former executive for Wal-Mart Stores, has joined the agency as senior counselor. Dach, 60, will assist with the health insurance exchanges' second open-enrollment period, and work with HHS staff and nongovernmental...
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