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Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

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Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

April 11, 2014 11:32 am by | 0 Comments

Kathleen Sebelius is leaving her post as Secretary of Health with a mixed legacy because she wasn’t able to effectively meet the enormous challenges of the role. Could anyone? It’s…


Focus on health insurance exchange enrollment overlooks millions who bought private insurance

Focus on health insurance exchange enrollment overlooks millions who bought private insurance

April 15, 2014 6:40 am by | 0 Comments

Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the health care law itself, the answer is exceedingly complicated. The Obama administration is tracking…


Abortion coverage details hard to find on marketplace plans

Abortion coverage details hard to find on marketplace plans

April 15, 2014 5:08 am by | 0 Comments

When it comes to coverage of abortion services in plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces, opponents and supporters of abortion rights are in complete agreement on one thing: Coverage…



Patients often win if they appeal a denied health claim

Patients often win if they appeal a denied health claim

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm by | 0 Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federal rules ensure that none of the millions of people who signed up for Obamacare can be denied insurance — but there is no guarantee that all…


Report projects Obamacare health care costs to dip slightly

Report projects Obamacare health care costs to dip slightly

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office predicts…


3 key items of unfinished business Burwell will inherit with Sebelius’ exit

3 key items of unfinished business Burwell will inherit with Sebelius’ exit

April 11, 2014 10:17 am by | 0 Comments

With the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius and the expected nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the role of Health and Human Services secretary, the Obama administration has the chance to…


Should step therapy and prior authorization be outlawed?

Should step therapy and prior authorization be outlawed?

April 11, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

In ‘Fail first’ fails patients in the Boston Sunday Globe, a patient with depression decries his health plan’s use of “step therapy,” which requires members to try less expensive drugs before…


HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Here are the most memorable tweets

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Here are the most memorable tweets

April 11, 2014 5:30 am by | 0 Comments

The White House announced Thursday evening that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Barack Obama will nominate Sylvia Burrell, director of the Office of Management and Budget…



10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

April 10, 2014 10:11 pm by | 0 Comments

After a five-year tenure that included the flawed rollout of the health care law and stormy relations with Capitol Hill Republicans, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, a White House official said late Thur…


Politics say otherwise, but the time isn’t right for Obamacare changes

Politics say otherwise, but the time isn’t right for Obamacare changes

April 7, 2014 2:15 pm by | 1 Comments

Maine Sen. Angus King is teaming up with a group of moderate Democrats — including some locked in tough re-election battles this fall — to propose a handful of amendments…


Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

April 7, 2014 5:06 am by | 0 Comments

Health insurers often try to influence Washington through quiet persuasion in plush offices. To fight potential government cuts for private Medicare plans, however, they’ve hit the streets. The Obama administration…


Highmark’s gains from Obamacare to come at a cost — perhaps a $2.9M one

Highmark’s gains from Obamacare to come at a cost — perhaps a $2.9M one

April 4, 2014 6:18 am by | 0 Comments

Highmark Inc. gained 104,000 members through the Affordable Care Act’s online exchange — far more than any other insurer in Western Pennsylvania. But that boost in business has a cost….


Health insurance: No longer a year-round thing?

Health insurance: No longer a year-round thing?

April 4, 2014 3:51 am by | 1 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any…


State health insurance exchange executives face tough questions from house subcommittee (AUDIO)

State health insurance exchange executives face tough questions from house subcommittee (AUDIO)

April 3, 2014 4:07 pm by | 0 Comments

For some states, like California, things have gone well. But the rollout in states like Maryland and Oregon has been rocky. Mary Agnes Carey and CQ Roll Call’s Emily Ethridge…


Obamacare news: Healthcare reform prompts surge of new walk-in clinics

Obamacare news: Healthcare reform prompts surge of new walk-in clinics

April 3, 2014 6:44 am by | 0 Comments

An increase in the number of walk-in clinics is one of the outcomes of new national health care reforms, according the chairwoman of the Health Care Management and Organizational Leadership…


Do you think the states should have a greater role in health insurance?

Do you think the states should have a greater role in health insurance?

April 2, 2014 11:41 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering an alternative to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs….