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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.
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News
Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts
By Darius Tahir | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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Information
Oregon health exchange probes another security breach
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...
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News
CMS begins consumer outreach for open enrollment
By Virgil Dickson | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With roughly a month until open enrollment begins on HealthCare.gov and other insurance exchanges, the CMS has kicked off the outreach process to let people know about automatic re-enrollment for exchange plans. However, federal exchange officials say uncertainty remains about how some of the...
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Magazine
Extendicare paying $38 million fine for poor quality care, and other briefs
Modern Healthcare | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Extendicare Health Services, a long-term-care provider, and subsidiary Progressive Step Corp., a rehabilitation services company, will pay $38 million to the federal government and eight states to resolve allegations that they billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard services and...
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Oregon health exchange enrolled senator into low-income Medicaid
The Oregonian | October 09, 2014
As a U.S. senator, Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) makes $174,000 a year. So imagine his surprise a few months ago, when he learned the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange had enrolled him in the Oregon Health Plan, which covers only the poorest of the poor. Chalk up another embarrassing glitch for Cover...
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Vital Signs
Exchange enrollees have high need for expensive drugs
By Bob Herman | October 08, 2014
Early analysis suggests many people who bought health plans on exchanges had multiple medical problems and frequently sought out costly drugs to combat those complex conditions. New data shows that they filled 59% more prescriptions for specialty drugs than other insured people.
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Information
Mass. healthcare website fix cost extra $26 million, governor says
WBUR (Boston) | October 07, 2014
With the next open enrollment period set for Nov. 15, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday said the state's troubled healthcare exchange website is fixed, at a cost of an additional $26 million to the state, bringing the federal and state total to $254 million in information technology costs.
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Magazine
White House proposes safe harbors for coordinating care, and other briefs
Modern Healthcare | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Obama administration is trying to reduce legal barriers to coordinating care and giving patients products and services they need to improve their health, such as transportation to medical appointments and blood-pressure cuffs.
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News
Immigrants with canceled exchange plans file discrimination complaints against HHS
By Paul Demko | October 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A pair of complaints alleging that HHS discriminated against federal exchange enrollees who aren't proficient in English or Spanish have been filed with the agency's Office for Civil Rights. They allege that the federal government's actions violate the rights of individuals born in foreign...
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