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Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, the FF-SHOP debuted in five states and staff for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange outlined their plans to submit a Level One grant request for $49 million in new grant funding.

Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) announced plans to introduce a bill that could speed up the development of new Ebola treatments and CMS announced that it will continue to… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, CMS updated the Federally-facilitated Marketplace Qualified Health Plan Issuer contract to include a provision that would allow carriers to withdraw from HealthCare.gov, subject to state law, if tax credits and cost-sharing reductions were… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, Children’s Health Insurance Program advocates nationwide sent a letter to urge congressional leaders to pass a four-year extension of funding for the program and CMS Deputy Administrator Sean Cavanaugh suggested that… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, CMS announced a new effort to encourage current Federally-facilitated Marketplace enrollees to go back to the exchange, update their information and actively pick a health plan while staff for Connect for Health Colorado… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, Republican staff on the Senate Budget Committee released a report estimating that the ACA will increase the federal budget deficit, while a Kaiser Family Foundation brief examined changes in state Medicaid… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, the Massachusetts Health Connector outlined its outreach campaign to shift roughly half a million enrollees into new coverage during Open Enrollment and the DC Health Benefit Exchange moved to a new office.

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, CMS demoed for reporters the updated application for new customers applying for health coverage on HealthCare.gov and CMS issued guidance on the payment of the ACA’s health insurer tax for Medicaid… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General detailed state standards for access to care in their Medicaid managed care programs in a report and the U.S. Supreme Court… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, Kevin Counihan, Marketplace Chief Executive Officer, gave his first interview since assuming the position and the Hawaii Health Connector signaled that it is in the final stages of selecting a permanent executive director… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, news out of Idaho confirmed that Your Health Idaho remains on track to transition to a… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, ASPE released a report examining the Affordable Care Act’s impact on hospital uncompensated care and CMS’s monthly Medicaid and CHIP enrollment report showed that total enrollment in both programs now exceeds… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, at the board meeting for MNsure it was announced they are pressing onward with their updates despite an announcement from PreferredOne that they had chosen not to remain in the Marketplace, at Thursday’s… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, federal statistics showed the uninsured rate is returning to pre-recession levels, CMS announced they are continuing efforts to rectify exchange data inconsistencies and CMS Administrator Tavenner testified in Congress, providing data… Continue Reading

Cindy Gillespie Quoted in Bloomberg

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MLA’s Cindy Gillespie was quoted in the Bloomberg article, “U.S. Health System Among Least Efficient Before Obamacare.” U.S. Health System Among Least Efficient Before Obamacare The U.S. health-care system was among the least efficient in the developed world two years before major changes from Obamacare began to go into effect. America’s health-care system ranked 44th… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $60 million in Navigator grant awards and the Nevada exchange voted to cancel its acquisition of a new online enrollment system for plan year 2016.

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, the Government Accountability Office released a report critiquing the approval process used by the Department of Health and Human Services for Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion waiver while a Kaiser Family Foundation survey… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, CMS disclosed that a hacker penetrated a server that houses one of the test environments for HealthCare.gov and the board for Cover Oregon discussed the future organizational status of the exchange, but adjourned… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, CMS finalized its rule for this fall’s re-enrollment process through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and CMS’s Office of the Actuary released a report projecting that health care spending will increase by 5.7… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan will fill the Marketplace Chief Executive Officer position and the board for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange approved a $59.2 million… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, the Congressional Budget Office released an update of its Budget and Economic Outlook, projecting that Medicare and Medicaid spending over this period will be $89 billion less from 2014-2024 and CMS… Continue Reading

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

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By Cindy Gillespie Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments. This week, Covered California disclosed that it was reaching out to 100,000 California enrollees to have them verify their immigration and citizenship status and Your Health Idaho expressed optimism that it would receive a data… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

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By Cindy Gillespie Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the ACA’s medical device tax was bringing less revenue than projected and an audit by the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading