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Healthcare leaders rolling with the punches in wake of subsidy rulings
By Andis Robeznieks | July 25, 2014
This week's court rulings that cast doubt on exchange subsidies in many states had the nation's great minds making big-picture pronouncements of what it all meant. In the trenches of the healthcare industry, leaders were asked to explain the perplexing developments to customers and local business...
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Colorado insurance exchange CEO jumps to Cigna
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, will leave her position at the state's health insurance exchange in mid-August to become president of Cigna's private exchange business.
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Former Wal-Mart exec joins HHS
By Bob Herman | July 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Wednesday that Leslie Dach, a former executive for Wal-Mart Stores, has joined the agency as senior counselor. Dach, 60, will assist with the health insurance exchanges' second open-enrollment period, and work with HHS staff and nongovernmental...
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10.3 million gained insurance under Obamacare: study
By Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
About 10.3 million Americans have gained insurance coverage since the full implementation of Obamacare last year, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Working around exchange subsidy ruling should be easy: experts
By Darius Tahir and Paul Demko | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tuesday's split decision in two federal appellate court cases over whether consumers shopping on the federal insurance exchange can receive premium subsidies could have major effects on the healthcare market. But some experts say officials in states that have not established their own state-run...
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Suit alleges Tennessee put Medicaid applicants in limbo by steering them to HealthCare.gov
By Beth Kutscher | July 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tennessee residents who faced lengthy delays when they applied for Medicaid are now suing the state for failing to process their applications in a timely manner.
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Courts issue conflicting rulings on federal insurance subsidies
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal courts kicked up new uncertainty for the healthcare reform law with conflicting rulings on whether the U.S. can help consumers buy health plans on federally run exchanges. But HHS may be able to sidestep the controversy.
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Clashing rulings on exchange subsidies raise fear of instability
By Andis Robeznieks and Paul Demko | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare providers and insurers fear that today's conflicting appellate court rulings on the legality of Obamacare premium subsidies offered through the federal insurance exchange could have a destabilizing effect on the newly expanded insurance market.
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4th Circuit upholds ACA insurance subsidies
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal judges in Richmond., Va., unanimously upheld the legality of subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state Tuesday. The ruling came roughly two hours after a panel of judges in Washington ruled subsidies on federal exchanges were illegal under language in the Patient Protection and...
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D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges
By Joe Carlson | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act. The ruling sets up an almost-certain appeal to the Supreme Court.
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