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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…


Florida Blue predicts higher 2015 premiums due to Obamacare insurance provisions

Florida Blue predicts higher 2015 premiums due to Obamacare insurance provisions

April 23, 2014 7:45 am by | 0 Comments

Most of the consumers who bought a private health plan from Florida Blue through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges between October and April were previously uninsured — one of…


Obamacare incentives spark unlikely healthcare partnership for after hours care

Obamacare incentives spark unlikely healthcare partnership for after hours care

April 22, 2014 4:00 pm by | 0 Comments

At Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill hospital, the “EMERGENCY” sign glows bright in the dusk above the emergency-room entrance. Some 18,000 people sought help here last year. Right next to…



Health insurance exchanges still take hits. Maryland’s eviscerated in new ad

Health insurance exchanges still take hits. Maryland’s eviscerated in new ad

April 20, 2014 3:10 pm by | 0 Comments

A 60-second radio spot by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler criticizes Maryland’s online health insurance exchange — and by extension Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his rival in the Democratic…


Clock ticking for states to adopt health insurance exchanges

Clock ticking for states to adopt health insurance exchanges

April 18, 2014 1:08 pm by | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama’s health care law, time may be running out to decide whether…


How do we prove we have insurance?

How do we prove we have insurance?

April 18, 2014 5:09 am by | 0 Comments

Q. How will we prove to the government that we have health insurance? A. Until the income tax forms for next year are available, exactly what people will be required…


Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

Obamacare signups: More than just the exchange numbers

April 17, 2014 5:46 pm by | 1 Comments

All that hyperbole for nothing! President Obama just announced that 8 million people signed up for coverage on federal and state health insurance exchanges during the initial open enrollment period…


Fully paid up but still no Obamacare coverage

Fully paid up but still no Obamacare coverage

April 17, 2014 1:11 pm by | 0 Comments

Penn. — Michelle Lamb recalls it being “pretty easy” buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace last December. But using her Independence Blue Cross plan has been maddening….



Healthcare writer Bruce Japsen watching transformation of coverage in private, public sectors

Healthcare writer Bruce Japsen watching transformation of coverage in private, public sectors

April 16, 2014 12:10 pm by | 0 Comments

Bruce Japsen Twitter LinkedIn MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America…


Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

Is Your EHR Safe? New Technologies for Auditing

April 15, 2014 9:22 am by | 0 Comments

Thursday, April 24th from 2:00 – 3:30 EST U.S. legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA and HITECH outline rules governing the appropriate use of personal health information (PHI). Unfortunately,…


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 | 1 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…