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Substance Abuse Treatment Likely to Increase Under ACA

Data suggests patient load could double When the full effect of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014, data suggests that the number of addicts that will be eligible for treatment could double. An increase in patients could…
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HHS Moves $454 Million

Funds moved to assist with Exchange operations To assist in the operation of federal insurance exchanges, HHS is shifting $454 million from prevention and public health. Comments by HHS officials suggest that the funds will assist in the enrollment through…
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President’s Budget to Raise Medicare Premiums

One in four Medicare recipients will pay more Contained within the President's 2014 Budget, is a plan to increase Medicare premiums for upper-income seniors. The plan includes creating five new brackets to increase revenue from the top tiers of retirees.…
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President’s Budget to Include Medicare Cuts

Wealthier Medicare beneficiaries asked to pay more It is reported that President Obama's 2014 fiscal budget will reduce reimbursements to providers and drug companies and request wealthier Medicare beneficiaries to pay more for medical services. The full budget will be…
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Most Individual Health Plans Not ACA Compliant

Plan benefits will change to meet next year's requirements The 15 million Americans that purchase coverage in the individual insurance market will be able to enroll in health plans that cover essential services as defined under the affordable care act.…
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Medicaid Regulations Finalized

Reimbursement rates to states established HHS released final regulations Friday establishing the federal reimbursement rate to states for newly established Medicaid patients. The federal government will reimburse states 100-percent the first three years of the expansion and then phase down…
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President Signals Willingness to Reform Medicare

Part of budget deal The president has indicated that he is willing to support specific cost saving changes to Medicare as part of a budget deal. He is open to combining coverage for hospitals and doctor services to create a…
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HHS Secretary Admits to Premium Increases

Actuaries estimate individual insurance premiums will rise 32 percent HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act may contribute to increased premiums next year. Premium increases could impact men and young adults due to "shifting". More on this…
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Third Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

Still confronted with implementation challenges Saturday marked the third anniversary of the affordable care act. NPR also noted that the public seems "more confused than ever about the law." HHS Secretary Sebelius says there is a silver lining in that,…
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Eliminate Defensive Medicine

Lawmakers in two states looking to repeal medical tort system Florida and Georgia lawmakers are repeal their state's medical tort system. The outcome would be that no doctor, hospital or medical provider would be sued again. It is estimated that…
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New Hampshire Highlighted in Several NAHU Updates

Survey shows residents uninformed about exchange Three articles in the March 18, 2013 NAHU newswire include updates from New Hampshire. A non scientific survey commissioned by New Hampshire Voices for Health suggests that much needs to be done to educate…
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Number of Americans Expected to Gain Coverage Reduced

CBO lowers number to 25 million May 15, 2013 NAHU Newswire: The Congressional Budget Office has reduced the estimate of Americans that are expected to gain health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act to 25 million.…
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