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New Twist on ACA Push

Some states using private Medicaid option A new twist to the expansion of Medicaid has emerged. Lawmakers in Arkansas and Ohio are using Federal funds to purchase private insurance for beneficiaries. This could make the Medicaid expansion more lucrative to…
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HHS Approves Partnership Exchanges

New Hampshire one of the four conditionally approved HHS. Secretary announced the conditional approval allowing the partnership exchanges to operate until the states can operate them on their own. The new "marketplaces" will be operational in October. Also reported in…
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Thirteen States Account for Two-thirds of Uninsured

Federal government to run exchanges in nine of those thirteen states A recent analysis revealed that two-thirds of the uninsured population is located in thirteen states. Of those thirteen states, the federal government will be responsible for running those exchanges.…
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Cost of Cancer Drugs Too High

Price of drugs have doubled Experts from the Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute believe the price of cancer drugs is too high and the costs continue to rise rapidly. Prices of drugs are 50% less for those…
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DOL Updates Model FMLA Forms

New forms reflect changes that became effective since last revision The DOL has recently updated many of its model FMLA forms to reflect changes to the law since the last revision in early 2009. Employers that have developed their own…
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Funds Running Low in High Risk Pools

Plans may close to new applicants as soon as Saturday The High Risk Pools that were set up as part of Healthcare Reform may be forced to close to new applicants as soon as this Saturday but no later than…
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Transparency in Healthcare Pricing Needed

A recent survey reveals that comparison-shopping almost impossible A recent editorial in the Tampa Bay Times noted a recent survey conducted by Washington University in St. Louis. They found that many hospitals nationwide could not provide an estimate for a…
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NH Legislature Approves Governor’s Exchange Decision

NH to enter into partnership with federal government In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan seeks to retain state control on plan management and consumer assistance. New Hampshire law requires the federal government…
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Anthem Press Release

Directed to members affected by winter storm NEMO Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire have revised medical and pharmacy guidelines to assist members directly affected by the winter storm NEMO. Please read this Anthem…
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Sebelius Vows to Uphold Medicaid Expansion

President willing to cut Medicare in Fiscal Cliff Deal Targeting states that are undecided in expanding their Medicaid programs, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the White House promises to fund these expansions. States are worried that federal budget concerns could…
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Contraception Compromise Offered By HHS

Uncertain if religious leaders will accept the compromise HHS has issued a compromise in an attempt to create a barrier between religious organizations and contraception coverage. The compromise allows female employees to get free birth control coverage through a separate…
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IRS Issues ACA Regulations

Some families will not be eligible for tax credits Wednesday, the IRS issued regulations regarding eligibility for tax subsidies to purchase private insurance on their own. Citing the way the affordability legislation was written by Congress, their hands were tied.…
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