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Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare subsidies
By Paul Demko | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage.
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Beware the sophomore slump
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
All the trends are positive as the insurance industry, the government and healthcare reform advocates gear up for the second year of open enrollment on the federal and state-run insurance exchanges.
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Narrow-network concerns prompt widespread scrutiny
By Paul Demko | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Concerns continue to grow about narrow-network health plans that have proved popular with consumers during the first year of state and federal insurance exchange operations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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ACA insurance exchanges attract 25% more insurers
By Paul Demko | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Obamacare supporters touted the good news last week when the CMS announced that at least 25% more insurers will offer plans on the federal and state exchanges for 2015.
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Asian-Americans met language, other barriers in exchange enrollment
By Paul Demko | September 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Asian-Americans faced language barriers, insufficient outreach resources and problems verifying their identities when seeking to buy health insurance through state and federal exchanges during the 2014 open-enrollment period, according to a report by Action for Health Justice. The group is a...
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GAO report criticizes lack of fiscal transparency on ACA spending
By Paul Demko | September 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS shows a lack of financial accountability and poor recordkeeping regarding federal healthcare law-related expenditures, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
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Insurers vying for Obamacare business signal healthy exchange markets
By Paul Demko | September 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The number of insurers selling products on the state and federal exchanges will increase by at least 25% for 2015, the CMS announced Tuesday. There will be 77 additional health plans participating in the 44 states for which data is currently available. In 36 of the 44 states, there will be at least...
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Information
State Farm, Health Care Service Corp. team up to sell Obamacare plans
By Andrew L. Wang, Crain's Chicago Business | September 23, 2014
As the country ramps up for year two of Obamacare, Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp.—which operates Blues affiliates in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Montana—is teaming up with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. to sell health insurance plans through State...
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Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov
By Associated Press | September 23, 2014
The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability—but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.
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QSSI's HealthCare.gov contract extended for eight months
By Virgil Dickson | September 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has granted HealthCare.gov contractor Quality Software Services Inc. an eight-month contract extension worth up to $29 million, saying as it did with another recent award that time is too short prior to open enrollment beginning Nov. 15 to put the contract out to bid for new contenders.
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