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Reform Update: People keeping noncompliant plans; rate impact varies by state
By Darius Tahir | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When the Obama administration in November 2013 decided to allow states to decide if individuals could keep noncompliant insurance plans, speculation began about what effect that decision would have...
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In Arkansas, a Dem senator campaigns on Obamacare
By Harris Meyer | August 21, 2014
One of the biggest mysteries in the endless political battle over Obamacare is why President Barck Obama and his fellow Democrats haven't more aggressively and effectively touted the law's...
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Reform Update: Hospitals see more paying patients, but there's a hitch
By Beth Kutscher | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance expansion under healthcare reform is starting to yield patient volume for hospitals, but the costs of staffing up for more patients are eclipsing the additional revenue.
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Md. officials: Rebuilt health insurance exchange will be fixed by November
By Washington Post | August 20, 2014
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is confident that its rapid rebuilding of the state's health insurance website is progressing as planned and will be ready before the next enrollment...
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Reform Update: Arkansas may make Medicaid enrollees fund HSAs
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Arkansas, the first state to establish the conservative private-plan model for expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now is looking to join several other...
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Audit: Obamacare medical-device tax not meeting revenue target
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
An Obamacare tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday.
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'Copper plans' could cut subsidies, lower deficit, but would consumers bite?
By Paul Demko | August 19, 2014
Allowing cheaper health plans designed to cover just half of medical costs to be sold on the exchanges would result in 350,000 additional individuals enrolling in coverage in the next decade,...
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SCL Health's margin slips, but Medicaid expansion fuels optimism
By Bob Herman | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
SCL Health's operating margin fell slightly in the first half of its fiscal year, but the Denver-based system believes new healthcare reform efforts such as Medicaid expansion will help it in the...
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U.S. won't reveal records on HealthCare.gov security
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light...
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