Daily Newsletter

April 23rd, 2014

  • ‘Obamacare’ Enrollment Tops 413,000 In Kentucky
    The Beshear administration claimed Tuesday that implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky has been an “indisputable success” with more than 413,000 enrolling for coverage before the March deadline.
  • New Medicaid Rules In 2014
    While the deadline to enroll in a marketplace insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act ended March 31, in-person counselors are still out and about educating citizens about the new qualifications for the Medicaid program.
  • Centene Shrugs Off Drug Costs, Obamacare And Beats Profit Views
    The health-care sector is seeing a lot of unexpected moves Tuesday. Amid hostile takeovers and asset swapping, mid-cap health insurer Centene Corp. CNC created a stir not only among investors but within the entire sector when its first-quarter earnings were nearly double forecasts.
  • Healthcare Exchanges More Appealing To Insurers 2nd Time Around
    Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges.
  • State Working To Set Up Insurance Exchange
    Illinois has until November to set up a state-run health insurance exchange, but lawmakers may have to act more quickly. Jim Duffett, executive director of the Campaign for Better Health Care, says with the approval process Illinois would have to go through before opening its own marketplace, legislators would have to pass a bill authorizing it by the end of May.
  • Enrollment For Obamacare Plans Sees A Boom In California
    There was a rush of people enrolling in Obamacare,in California last week as they got an extension till the tax day to do so. The official report on April 17 stated that the number of people enrolling either for a private health insurance plan or Medicaid went up to 3.3 million.

April 22nd, 2014

  • ACA Insurance Exchange Enrollment Expected To Continue To Grow
    Enrollment in health plans through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges likely will surpass the eight million enrollees that President Obama announced last week because some states' exchanges still are open for enrollment, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.
  • Covered Calif. Has $363M In Grants Remaining For FY 2014-15
    After Covered California's first open enrollment period drew to a close last week, the exchange has about $363 million in federal grant funds left over to support the insurance marketplace over the next fiscal year, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/18).
  • Following Sebelius Phone Call, Foundation Donated $13M To Obamacare Outreach Group, Report Says
    A private group provided $13 million in grants toward Obamacare outreach activities last year after a funding request from the Obama administration, according to a new government audit.
  • Medicaid Gets Affordable Care Act Bump In Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania’s Medicaid enrollment is up by more than 18,000 people since the Oct. 1 launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online health plan marketplaces.
  • Editorial: Healthy Start For New York Health Exchange
    New Yorkers who've bought health insurance through the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace are paying premiums that cost about half as much, on average, as the coverage would have last year. And one in three enrollees is relatively young. That all bodes well for the state's push toward universal coverage.
  • Spinning Obamacare Success: The President Highlights A Less Relevant Number
    The Fact Checker was on break last week, but did manage to pass a TV set that aired images of the president’s announcement on April 17 that 8 million people had signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. We were struck by a headline in the TV ticker that amplified the president’s message that 35 percent of the enrollees were younger than 35.

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  • Insurers see brighter Obamacare skies
    Insurers saw disaster in the fall when Obamacare’s rollout flopped and HealthCare.gov was a mess. But a strong March enrollment surge, along with indications that younger and healthier people had begun signing up, has changed their attitude.
  • Kathleen Sebelius Might Run For U.S. Senate In Kansas
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius might be deliberating a run for U.S. Senate in her home state of Kansas, USA TODAY reported.
  • DC Extends Deadline To Enroll In Health Plans
    More than 2,000 District of Columbia residents either enrolled in a health insurance plan or were found to be eligible for Medicaid after the official end of open enrollment on March 31, but a spike in call volume this week led to another extension of the deadline, officials said Wednesday.
  • Obamacare’s Special Enrollment Period Could Help Youth Signups
    Obamacare open enrollment may finally be over, but the opportunities to sign up for coverage aren't. Some people may qualify for special enrollment periods during the year, and a new analysis from a youth advocacy group shows these enrollment windows may benefit young adults the most.
  • Health Law Push Brings Thousands Into Colo. Medicaid Who Were Already Eligible
    The big marketing push to get people enrolled in health coverage between October and March resulted in 3 million people signing up for Medicaid.
  • What's Next for Obamacare?
    With the completion of open enrollment for individual health insurance, the focus on Obamacare shifts from how many people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act to who signed up.
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April 9th, 2014

  • Senate Approves Private Insurance Marketplace
    The Senate Finance Committee returned to Richmond Monday and quickly adopted a state budget that includes a plan to create a private marketplace to provide health coverage to up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians.
  • CMS Eliminates Proposed Medicare Advantage Cuts For 2015
    On Monday, CMS announced that payments to Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 will increase by 0.4%, reversing its earlier proposal that would have cut the reimbursements, the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reports (Millman, "Wonkblog," Washington Post, 4/7).
  • Most NJ Resident Want To Keep Obamacare Law, Poll Says
    Now that Obamacare is here and the first enrollment period has closed, a growing majority of New Jerseyans say want to keep the health care law and fix its flaws, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll released today.
  • DC Exchange Enrolled The Most Young Adults
    The health insurance exchange in Washington, D.C., has earned the distinction of enrolling the largest share of young adults--the most coveted consumer population. But it also has the fewest amount of consumers who are eligible for federal subsidies, reported The Washington Post.
  • NM Health Connections CEO Says Company On Path To Become “Substantial” Competitor
    New Mexico Health Connections, the state's startup, nonprofit health plan had no members when open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began in October. Since then, NMHC has enrolled around 10,000 people on and off the state and federal insurance exchanges, an accomplishment the firm's CEO, Dr. Martin Hickey, calls "pretty incredible."
  • Analysis: Majority Of New Medicaid Beneficiaries Live In 10 States
    Ten states accounted for more than 80% of the three million new enrollees in Medicaid who signed up under the Affordable Care Act, according to an Avalere Health analysis of new CMS data, the Washington Times reports (Howell, Washington Times, 4/7).
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April 7th, 2014

  • More Than 92,000 Rhode Islanders Sign Up For Health Coverage Under Affordable Care Act
    More than 92,000 Rhode Islanders signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act by Monday’s deadline, according to the latest data from HealthSource RI. That figure includes nearly 28,000 people who selected a private health-insurance plan and a surprising 64,590 who enrolled in Medicaid. Both figures exceed projections.
  • Harvard Pilgrim Likely To Join Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace
    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will likely insure Mainers in the federal health insurance marketplace next year, according to company officials. The nonprofit insurance carrier would join Maine Community Health Options and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield in the marketplace, a key element of the Affordable Care Act that reduces the ranks of the uninsured.
  • Obamacare Late Signups May Signal Young, Healthy Buying Plans
    More than 1 million people waited until the last five days to sign up for 2014 health coverage under Obamacare, and early indications are that many were young minorities, insurance analysts and enrollment groups said.
  • BCBST Continues Education Efforts As Obamacare Enrollment Ends
    Although open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is technically over, officials with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will continue to help people with special circumstances sign up for health insurance and they will continue educating the public about the new law.
  • More Than 5,000 In N.D. Find Insurance Through New Health Care Law
    More than 5,000 people in North Dakota have bought health insurance through the federal marketplace. The most recent number primarily reflects those who have paid their first month’s premium and either have or will soon have coverage under a plan chosen on the marketplace. The number of people enrolled is higher than that, but the insurance companies generally measure by those who have actually paid.
  • Your Health Idaho: Deadline To Finalize Health Plan Is April 15
    Your Health Idaho announced Friday that those Idahoans who had begun, but not yet completed, applications to secure coverage through the online health insurance exchange will have until April 15 to complete the process.
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April 4th, 2014

  • Lawsuit Filed Against Nevada Health Exchange
    Thousands of Nevadans could ultimately be involved in a class action suit filed against the state, the health insurance exchange, and Xerox. The suit accuses the parties of gross negligence in their handling of health exchange enrollees, their payments, and effective coverage dates.
  • Exchange Wants Ancillary Product Partners
    The Connect for Health Colorado board is looking into setting up an affiliate that could form strategic marketing alliances for companies that sell products such as vision insurance, accidental insurance, critical illness insurance and hospital indemnity insurance.
  • Connecticut Insurance Exchange Enrolls 197,878
    Connecticut's health insurance marketplace announced Tuesday it has enrolled more than 197,000 people in private and Medicaid plans, a figure that could climb as people with incomplete applications are helped in the coming days.
  • Startup Health Plan Has Enrolled More Than 9,000
    Presbyterian Health Plan and New Mexico’s startup health plan, New Mexico Health Connections, have enrolled nearly 20,000 individuals in insurance plans on and off the federal insurance exchange, the companies said.
  • Next Steps For Colorado And The Affordable Care Act
    Like other states that opted to run their own exchange, Colorado spent several years and hundreds of millions in federal dollars to create an insurance marketplace specifically tailored for Coloradans.
  • Obamacare Signups Hit 865K In NYS
    With the passing of the March 31 deadline, the state Department of Health announced this week that more than 865,000 residents across the state are now enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
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