One step forward, one step back in GOP fight against ACA subsidies

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One step forward, one step back in GOP fight against ACA subsidies

July 22, 2014 4:48 pm by | 0 Comments

In a world … Where circuits conflict .. RT @cghoseBiz1st: Coming soon to a political theater near you: #ACA and #SCOTUS, together again! — Noah Blundo (@nblundo) July 22, 2014…


Conflicting Obamacare subsidies rulings likely won’t change midterm elections, analysts say

Conflicting Obamacare subsidies rulings likely won’t change midterm elections, analysts say

July 24, 2014 11:11 am by | 0 Comments

Political analysts say this week’s court decisions on the legality of tax subsidies for those obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act may not have a broad impact on this…


$330 million in rebates is coming to U.S. consumers from health insurance companies

$330 million in rebates is coming to U.S. consumers from health insurance companies

July 24, 2014 9:53 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the U.S. Department of Health…



FTC commissioner isn’t a fan of some mobile health companies’ data-sharing practices

FTC commissioner isn’t a fan of some mobile health companies’ data-sharing practices

July 24, 2014 8:52 am by | 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data,…


Kaiser report: Support structure for enrollment in insurance exchanges is surprisingly strong

Kaiser report: Support structure for enrollment in insurance exchanges is surprisingly strong

July 24, 2014 5:22 am by | 0 Comments

A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the many efforts to enroll people into health plans offered through state and federal health insurance marketplaces, offering a snapshot of…


CDC director Frieden promises creation of a safety advisory panel after anthrax mishap

CDC director Frieden promises creation of a safety advisory panel after anthrax mishap

July 23, 2014 3:52 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will announce its safety advisory panel later this week following breaches in its handling of anthrax and a deadly…


White House working on a way for employers to opt out of birth control coverage without paperwork

White House working on a way for employers to opt out of birth control coverage without paperwork

July 23, 2014 10:13 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in…


Obamacare subsidies by the numbers – who gets how much?

Obamacare subsidies by the numbers – who gets how much?

July 22, 2014 9:17 pm by | 0 Comments

Via @CPearsonAvalere, a state-by-state look at how much premiums would shoot up if Halbig stands: pic.twitter.com/xURNRN0wS7 — Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 22, 2014 Today’s rulings about the legality of health…



Global disabilities treaty passes committee but faces a tough fight in the Senate

Global disabilities treaty passes committee but faces a tough fight in the Senate

July 22, 2014 6:09 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee voted on Tuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning…


So a U.S. appeals court struck down some Obamacare subsidies — now what?

So a U.S. appeals court struck down some Obamacare subsidies — now what?

July 22, 2014 5:29 pm by | 0 Comments

Updated at 12:45 p.m. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt…


Arkansas may become the next state to make Medicare members contribute to HSAs

Arkansas may become the next state to make Medicare members contribute to HSAs

July 22, 2014 12:51 pm by | 0 Comments

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don’t may have to…


U.S. appeals court throws out key IRS rule for Obamacare subsidies

U.S. appeals court throws out key IRS rule for Obamacare subsidies

July 22, 2014 11:55 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out an IRS regulation that implements key Obamacare health insurance subsidies, returning the case to a lower court with instructions…


After TV sting exposes corruption in India’s health system, new leader vows to clean up

After TV sting exposes corruption in India’s health system, new leader vows to clean up

July 22, 2014 11:34 am by | 0 Comments

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV…


CMS experiment tests the impact of eliminating ‘observation care’ penalties

CMS experiment tests the impact of eliminating ‘observation care’ penalties

July 22, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors…


Illinois approves use of medical marijuana for epilepsy treatment

Illinois approves use of medical marijuana for epilepsy treatment

July 21, 2014 10:52 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn,…


16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

July 21, 2014 8:56 am by | 1 Comments

Many specialists are balking at what they say are onerous new rules to get recertified, warning the demands will force some physicians out of practice at a time when the…