Narrow-network hospital choices difficult to decipher

By Bob Herman  |  October 31, 2014

People who purchase a narrow-network plan on the federal or state health insurance exchanges still expect a certain level of choice if they need hospital care. But how extensive are their options?

New glitches discovered at Covered California website

By Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal  |  October 30, 2014

Less than three weeks before Covered California kicks off its second open enrollment, there are problems with the website. Some brokers have been unable to process special-circumstance enrollments, renewals or changes to existing accounts for over a week.

House subpoenas former official Todd Park

By The Hill  |  October 29, 2014

The House Science Committee has issued a subpoena for former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park over his role in developing The subpoena comes after Park's previous refusals to testify and his recent cancellation of a meeting with House lawmakers after it became clear that the...

Casting light on a simpler pricing system

Casting light on a simpler pricing system

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 25, 2014

Remember the excitement surrounding Castlight Health's initial public offering? Last March, the San Francisco startup's stock price soared when investors bought into the idea that online price transparency would transform the healthcare marketplace.

Reform Update: Partisan standoff looms over crucial risk-corridor payments

Reform Update: Partisan standoff looms over crucial risk-corridor payments

By Paul Demko  |  October 24, 2014

A big fight could be brewing over Obamacare's risk-corridor program. Insurers are relying on the program to protect them from major losses if their exchange customers end up being sicker and more costly than anticipated. But Republicans—most notably Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a likely 2016...

Oregon cuts ties with Oracle's health exchange

By Associated Press  |  October 23, 2014

Oregon is cutting its last ties with a botched health insurance exchange portal built by Oracle Corp. as the state and the high-tech company pursue lawsuits against each other.

Consumers want an improved online healthcare experience

By Joseph Conn  |  October 21, 2014

Consumers want online healthcare and insurance shopping to be as easy as other online shopping experiences, but currently almost half are not happy with their overall online healthcare customer experiences.

Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts

Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts

By Darius Tahir  |  October 17, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made a habit of saying during his hotly contested race for re-election that repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not necessarily mean shutting down the state's popular insurance exchange that was established under the law.

Oregon health exchange probes another security breach

By Associated Press via Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)  |  October 17, 2014

A Klamath Falls, Ore., woman who applied for health coverage through Cover Oregon says the insurance exchange mailed her the personal information of other applicants. This is the 18th low-level security breach in six months, Cover Oregon officials said. They said the information inadvertently...