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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, HHS reported that nearly 1.4 million persons have signed up for, or renewed their existing Marketplace coverage and Cover Oregon discussed its future budget, errors with 2014 Plan Year APTC calculations and how… Continue Reading

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, lawmakers in the House included a few small changes to the ACA in the FY 2015 budget bill and Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley (R) suggested that he was open to expanding… Continue Reading

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, the CMS office of the Actuary found that health care spending in 2013 grew at a rate of 3.6 percent, slower than in 2012 and Governor Gary Herbert (R) released his… 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 released long-awaited guidance for insurers, advising them on how to handle various enrollment and reenrollment scenarios for the 2015 Open Enrollment season and staff for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority presented… 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, enrollment in health insurance marketplaces nationwide got off to a smooth start and CMS revised down the number of Marketplace enrollees nationwide in August from 7.3 million to 6.97 million.

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, the Department of Health and Human Services released two reports with state-specific data on the quality of care given to Medicaid or CHIP beneficiaries and Representative Kathy Castor introduced a bill… 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 and State-based Marketplaces nationwide made final preparations for Open Enrollment which begins on November 15 and McKenna Long & Aldridge launched a new blog focused on developments in legislation, regulation, litigation and… Continue Reading

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, the Department of Health and Human Services released projections showing that between 9 and 9.9 million individuals will be enroll in exchange coverage for 2015 and according to a new report… Continue Reading

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, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear King v. Burwell, a lawsuit challenging whether the ACA’s tax subsidies are available to individuals that purchase private insurance using the Federally-facilitated Marketplace… 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, multiple newspapers wrote articles on the preparations HealthCare.gov has undergone for Open Enrollment and HealthSource RI clarified that will not be auto-renewing coverage for Individual market enrollees.

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