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Reform Update: States wary of opening new exchanges as grant deadline looms
By Paul Demko | April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Only two additional states—Idaho and New Mexico—plan to begin operating their own insurance exchanges when the 2015 open-enrollment period starts on Nov. 15. That will leave 35 states relying on HealthCare.gov for the next round of insurance sign-ups now that Oregon appears to have...
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Aetna guarded about exchange expansion even as earnings soar
By Paul Demko | April 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna remains wary about expanding its presence in public healthcare exchanges for 2015 because of lingering uncertainties about the emerging marketplaces, the company's CEO said Thursday. That news came as the Hartford, Conn.-based insurer reported that it significantly exceeded profit...
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Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say
By Virgil Dickson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers.
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Calif. health exchange promotes market competition, even with dominant players
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Four insurers accounted for nearly 95% of the 1.4 million health plans selected by customers on California's insurance exchange during the recently concluded open-enrollment period, but despite that concentration, experts say the exchange increased competition in individual markets around the state.
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Md. spent $90M on insurance exchange tech, according to cost breakdown
By Washington Post | April 21, 2014
Of the nearly $130 million that Maryland has spent on its troubled health insurance exchange, more than $90 million went toward technology expenses, according to a breakdown of costs released Friday.
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Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
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ACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through HealthCare.gov are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
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Insurers pour money into fight against Calif. ballot initiative
By Paul Demko | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate hikes, a power that could make a big difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
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Uninsured rate drops faster in states friendly to Obamacare
By Paul Demko | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States that have embraced the federal healthcare law are seeing significantly sharper reductions in the rate of individuals lacking health insurance than are states that are not implementing key provisions of the law, according to a Gallup survey.
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Tax preparers' new role: Health-coverage advisers
By New York Times | April 15, 2014
Iris I. Burnell, an adviser at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, has prepared scores of returns in the last few months, as she does every year ahead of the April 15 filing deadline. But many of her consultations this year have also included educating clients about the tax implications of the Affordable...
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