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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, 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

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, CMS updated its solicitation to hire the next government contractor to continue building the HealthCare.gov IT… 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. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels. This week, CMS sent letters to about 310,000 exchange enrollees requesting additional documentation 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, Massachusetts received approval from CMS to proceed with the development of their revised online health insurance exchange and Vermont announced that it would use a new IT vendor to finish building the Vermont… 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’s latest Medicaid and CHIP enrollment report showed that combined enrollment in both programs hit 66.1 million and McKenna Long & Aldridge released two advisories focused on Medicaid compliance issues.

Government Health Programs Must Do More to Protect Against Cyber Attacks

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By Dennis Smith, Cindy Gillespie, Elizabeth A. Ferrell, and Erin B. Sheppard. The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently released two audit reports assessing weaknesses in the information security systems of a Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) and contractors administering federal Medicare programs. The reports reflect a growing… 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 posted Exchange Establishment Grant awards from the May 15, 2014 deadline, the board for MNsure met to discuss a contract amendment with Deloitte and at a Your Health Idaho (YHI) board meeting,… 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 new study compares coverage offered through CHIP to the qualified health plans now offered under the ACA, and the potential impact on CHIP enrollees if funding for the program wasn’t… 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, MLA partners Joanne Zimolzak, Dan Jarcho and Ann Murray wrote a detailed advisory on the dueling court rulings on whether the Internal Revenue Service has the authority to distribute tax credits to individuals who purchase health… Continue Reading

ACA Cases Client Alert

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By Joanne Zimolzak, Ann Murray,  Dan Jarcho, and Cindy Gillespie Federal Courts Issue Dueling Decisions Concerning Availability of ACA Tax Credits On July 22, 2014, two federal courts of appeals issued highly anticipated decisions concerning the government’s authority to grant tax credits to individuals who purchase health insurance in accordance with the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the… 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 posted an RFP to hire the next contractor to oversee the new wave of developments for HealthCare.gov and the various backend components that power the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and State-based Marketplaces and the… 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 sent a letter to the U.S. Territories exempting them from some of the ACA’s insurance requirements and the Office of Management and Budget released the Mid-Session Review which provides an… 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, Massachusetts revealed that its efforts to fix the online portion of the Massachusetts Health Connector were on track and the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange selected a new permanent Executive Director