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Reform Update: Hospitals attack insurance 'skinny plans' as too thin
By Bob Herman | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some employers are building health insurance policies that are technically compliant with the healthcare reform law, yet don't include coverage of inpatient hospital services. Backers of such plans...
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CMS adds language to give insurers an out if subsidies disappear
By Lisa Schencker | October 23, 2014
Whether the government should be allowed to widely subsidize insurance plans sold on the HealthCare.gov website is still being debated in the courts, but the CMS is preparing for an ultimate decision...
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Medicaid managed-care enrollment expected to soar
By Virgil Dickson | October 23, 2014
Thanks to Medicaid expansion and a greater push from some conservative states looking to reduce healthcare costs, enrollment of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries...
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CMS launches $840 million initiative to accelerate care transformation
By Melanie Evans | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS Innovation Center will spend $840 million in coming years to help doctors and hospitals do more to teach each other how to improve quality and cut wasteful practices.
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Michigan's Medicaid expansion seen as model for others
Associated Press | October 23, 2014
The initial success of Michigan's Medicaid expansion could be useful to other states considering their own plans under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by a team of University of...
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Reform Update: Bigger doesn't equal cheaper for patients, studies find
By Melanie Evans | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consolidation across healthcare sectors and local markets may benefit consumers when it reduces costly and potentially harmful duplication and waste. Or not. Consolidation also can increase costs,...
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Feds outline plan to pay states for Basic Health Program in 2016
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government will continue to fund an optional health insurance program for the working poor in 2016 with the methodology it used for 2015, according to a proposed notice from the CMS.
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Reform Update: Medicaid programs crafting limits on Harvoni usage
By Virgil Dickson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Which Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to Gilead Sciences' newest high-cost hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, and when they'll get that access, now depends on prior-authorization criteria being...
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Uninsured largely unaware of looming enrollment period
By Paul Demko | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 90% of uninsured Americans are unaware of the open-enrollment period that begins Nov. 15, according to new polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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