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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…


Prognosis improves for Medicare trust fund, now expected to last through 2030

Prognosis improves for Medicare trust fund, now expected to last through 2030

July 28, 2014 4:13 pm by | 0 Comments

Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half the health program for seniors and the disabled, won’t run out of money until 2030, the program’s trustees said Monday. That’s…


The problem with Obamacare for many people is, ‘We take the old plan, but not the new one’

The problem with Obamacare for many people is, ‘We take the old plan, but not the new one’

July 28, 2014 12:01 pm by | 0 Comments

Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live 2,000 miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won’t take their insurance now, even though they haven’t changed…



More Americans have personal doctors, fewer struggle to pay for healthcare: Obamacare study

More Americans have personal doctors, fewer struggle to pay for healthcare: Obamacare study

July 24, 2014 3:00 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An estimated 10.3 million American adults have gained health coverage since Obamacare enrollment began last October, with the biggest gains among young adults and Hispanics, according to…


Consumer groups sue Tennessee over troubled Medicaid enrollment process

Consumer groups sue Tennessee over troubled Medicaid enrollment process

July 24, 2014 2:44 pm by | 0 Comments

Three consumer advocacy groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday accusing Tennessee officials of adopting policies that are depriving thousands of people of Medicaid coverage “to score political points.” The suit…


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…


Under the radar, new law helps federal agency incubate quality improvement for vulnerable elderly

Under the radar, new law helps federal agency incubate quality improvement for vulnerable elderly

July 24, 2014 9:35 am by | 1 Comments

Amidst the loud Apple-IBM and Google-Novartis partnership announcements, a much quieter announcement was made which carries equally large implications for the healthcare industry. On July 22, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation…



ACA subsidy rulings could encourage more state exchanges or be just a blip on the radar

ACA subsidy rulings could encourage more state exchanges or be just a blip on the radar

July 23, 2014 2:06 pm by | 1 Comments

Conventional wisdom is that the federal subsidies that help people buy insurance through state and federal exchanges will survive the current court ruling against them. However, the review by the…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Florida Blue is under ‘tremendous financial pressure.’ Translation? Rate hikes for members

Florida Blue is under ‘tremendous financial pressure.’ Translation? Rate hikes for members

July 21, 2014 10:04 am by | 0 Comments

Florida Blue, the state’s dominant health insurer, snagged more than one in three consumers on the health law’s exchange, but many could face rate hikes as the carrier struggles with…


Healthcare.gov’s most wanted: A health IT firm that can keep the d@#^ site running

Healthcare.gov’s most wanted: A health IT firm that can keep the d@#^ site running

July 18, 2014 5:48 pm by | 0 Comments

Everyone knows that the “Obamacare website,” or HealthCare.gov, performed so badly at launch that it became a political Achilles Heal for POTUS. Well, the White House has just put up…


Low-cost health plans make some members feel ‘like a second-class citizen’

Low-cost health plans make some members feel ‘like a second-class citizen’

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

Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few…