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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, 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

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, Democratic Senators introduced their response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision with a bill that would prohibit any employer that provides health coverage from refusing to cover any item required… Continue Reading

Dennis Smith Quoted in The Washington Times

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MLA’s Dennis Smith was quoted in The Washington Times article, “Hatch’s healthier health care option.“ With a Republican-led Senate, it’s likely that some of the tenets in Obamacare could be modified and replaced with something more palatable for Republicans, said Dennis Smith, a managing director at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP who served in the George W. Bush administration… 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 Maryland Health Benefit Exchange presented the board with a comprehensive update on enrollment operations for plan year 2015, including a SHOP update, while the board for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange discussed… 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 released a proposed rule and new guidance on reenrollment in health plans offered on the federal exchange and last week in the House, a bipartisan bill was introduced that would… 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 on Friday the creation of three new positions to help oversee the development of Marketplace policies and Covered California revealed that its SHOP exchange had enrolled 10,704 covered… 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, HHS released a report detailing average exchange premiums and tax credits for 2014 enrollees in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released a report… 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 that 18 states were approved by HHS to have employee choice delayed in their FF-SHOPs and the Vermont Health Connect posted information on how many of the exchange’s enrollees are in… 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 House Small Business Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to CMS & HHS requesting additional information on SHOP enrollment and the use of Exchange Establishment Grants and Nevada estimated… Continue Reading

Governor Howard Dean Featured in Bisnow: “How Lawyers Can Help Fix Healthcare for Kids”

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MLA’s Governor Howard Dean was featured in a piece on “How Lawyers Can Help Fix Healthcare for Kids” in Legal Bisnow. Howard Dean and Children’s Law Center exec director Judith Sandalow headlined a discussion of legal-medical partnerships recently at McKenna Long & Aldridge, touting the powerful tool, particularly when helping vulnerable children. Gov. Dean, a… 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, HealthSource RI revealed that it was in the midst of negotiations with CMS regarding the use of Health Insurance Exchange Establishment Grants in 2015 and the Oregon Health Authority released a procurement to… 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.

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 released its final rule, “Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond” and we learned the details of the over $115 million in Exchange Establishment grants that CMS awarded earlier this… 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, HHS Secretary-Designate Sylvia Mathews Burwell appeared before the Senate Finance Committee and three health insurers announced that they would begin sharing general pricing data with the public

Governor Howard Dean Authors Article on Huffington Post

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MLA’s Howard Dean recently authored the Huffington Post article, “Good Programs Survive Only If We Pay Attention.” At the White House Correspondents Dinner, President Obama joked about the rough year he had with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That said, it is useful to take a serious moment to reflect on the importance… 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, D.C. City Council took the first step toward enacting a new 1% assessment on all health-related insurance sold within the District as the primary funding source for the DC Health Link 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, healthcare executives testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations about their companies’ experience with the exchange enrollment process and Sylvia Mathews Burwell went before the Senate… Continue Reading

Cindy Gillespie Authors Article for The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism

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MLA’s Cindy Gillespie authored the recent article, “Welcome to the Future: The “Sorting Hat” Businesses,” featured on The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s website. At the December 2013 IHC FORUM West conference, I had an interesting discussion with several experts in the private exchange arena: In ten years, what will be the relationship between public and private exchanges?  Our answers… Continue Reading