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ACA open enrollment for 2015 causing anxiety for plans, providers
By Paul Demko | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period focused on signing up as many people as possible. But when enrollment for the second year of coverage opens on Nov. 15, the task for health plans, insurance brokers and navigators will be more complex.
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Reform Update: Insurers brace for potential IT problems in second open enrollment
By Darius Tahir | September 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health plan officials are pressing the CMS to affirmatively notify them when their members choose a different plan through HealthCare.gov for 2015 rather than re-enrolling in the same plan. But the CMS merely says it is exploring whether it will accommodate that request.
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Vital Signs
Blues plans dominated ACA exchanges in a dozen states
By Paul Demko | September 10, 2014
WellPoint and other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans enrolled the largest number of consumers through the insurance exchanges during the initial open-enrollment period in 12 of 15 states and the District of Columbia, according to an analysis released Wednesday by Avalere Health.
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Vital Signs
New entrants to individual market struggled to capture customers
By Paul Demko | September 09, 2014
The establishment of state and federal exchanges spurred many new entrants into the individual insurance market in 2014. But many of those new entrants—including consumer-governed co-op plans, provider-sponsored plans and Medicaid managed-care insurers—struggled to attract a significant...
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Vital Signs
Young adults may be less likely to use ED when insured
By Sabriya Rice | September 08, 2014
Having access to health insurance is slowing the rate of young adults who head to the emergency department for care, a new study suggests.
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Modest increases seen for ACA exchange plans in 2015
By Virgil Dickson | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Consumers in certain silver health insurance exchange plans can expect to see a drop in their premium costs for 2015, while some in bronze plans will see increases, a new analysis finds.
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Obamacare subsidies reprieved by federal appeals court
By Paul Demko and Bob Herman | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Obamacare may be less likely to face another harrowing U.S. Supreme Court test now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has thrown out a three-judge panel ruling blocking premium subsidies to Americans living in 36 states.
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Reform Update: Automatic ACA re-enrollment carries caveats
By Virgil Dickson | September 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS is moving forward with a policy that will allow consumers who got health insurance through the state and federal exchanges to be automatically re-enrolled for 2015, even though some have warned that enrollees could be unwittingly shifted to other plans if their insurers decide to cancel their...
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Full D.C. appeals court expected to uphold ACA subsidies
By Paul Demko and Bob Herman | September 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington said Thursday the full 11-member court will rehear the controversial case that ruled Americans could not receive subsidies to help pay for plans on federally run health insurance exchanges. Oral arguments will begin Dec. 17.
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Information
President: Estonians should have built HealthCare.gov
By The Hill | September 04, 2014
The Obama administration's disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov may have happened because it didn't turn to Estonia, President Obama joked on Wednesday, while he praised the northern European nation's progress in moving many government functions online.
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