Newly Powerful Senator's Pet Project Setting FA Tongues Wagging

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Newly Powerful Senator's Pet Project Setting FA Tongues Wagging
Insured Retirement Institute General Counsel Lee Covington, who met with Hatch staffers on Monday, likes the prospects for SAFE Act language that would make it easier for workers to carry lifetime income savings plans from one employer to the next.
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More choices but higher rates ahead for insurance plans
In addition to more plan options, a new carrier, Assurant , has been approved to sell on the federally-run insurance exchange that was created by the Affordable Care Act. Assurant joins BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee , Cigna , Community Health …
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CHRIS SMITH: Stopping abortion on demand in Obamacare

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CHRIS SMITH: Stopping abortion on demand in Obamacare
A preliminary review also reveals it is likely that ALL plans in Hawaii, Vermont and Rhode Island also include abortion on demand. In the large states of California and New York once again the vast majority of plans include abortion … Certainly that …
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Are State-Run Marketplaces Ready to Be Financially Self-Sustaining?

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Are State-Run Marketplaces Ready to Be Financially Self-Sustaining?
Most states will go the same route as the federal Marketplace and institute user fees on plans sold. HealthCare.gov will be financed by a monthly user fee of 3.5% of premiums for plans sold through the marketplace. For 2015, state assessments of …
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Small business health exchange launches in Illinois

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Small business health exchange launches in Illinois
The SHOP exchange allows employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees to compare and buy commercial health insurance plans for workers. By rolling out the online marketplace early in five states, the federal government hopes to avoid the types of …
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Why is HealthCare.gov hiding its most affordable plans?
Unfortunately, many people eligible to buy these plans may never realize it because of the way HealthCare.gov, the site that sells health insurance to individuals in 38 states, displays plan results. Instead, they may end up with plans … We were …
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Newcomers Takubo, Gaunch win WV Senate seats

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Newcomers Takubo, Gaunch win WV Senate seats
Skaff said he didn't vote for the Affordable Care Act because it is a federal law that state lawmakers had nothing to do with, but he did vote for the health care exchange to set up the program in West Virginia. Skaff, 37, told the editorial board he …
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3 4-Hers honored with 'I Dare You' award
She helps to organize the clubs' food pantry collections and delivery and her club project work has been selected to go to the West Virginia State Fair each year. Page 2 of 2 … She was an exchange camper to Hancock County 4-H Camp. Committed to …
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Health care reform still causing uncertainty

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Health care reform still causing uncertainty
… Shield of North Dakota post a loss of $ 73 million, new President and CEO Tim Huckle said 2014 is a “much more positive year.” Most of its 2013 losses came from a subsidiary's involvement in setting up a state-run health insurance exchange in Maryland.
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Landrieu Tries to Gather Enough Votes on Keystone Pipeline
If that is the case, people familiar with the president's thinking say that in 2015 he might use Keystone as a bargaining chip: He would offer Republicans approval of it in exchange for approval of one of his policies. … Ms. Landrieu has so far …
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From the wars of West Africa to the oil boom of North Dakota
Konah and Kamara are two of the African-born workers who have come to this town in northwest North Dakota, a remote part of a remote state, to capitalize on the oil boom that has transformed the landscape and local economy. Between 2009 and 2013, the …
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Obamacare: Beyond the website

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Obamacare: Beyond the website
While it's too early to declare the new Maryland health insurance exchange website a complete success, its largely smooth launch this week offers the prospect that this open enrollment period will be focused less on the technology and more on ensuring …
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With Obamacare, health insurance leads to better health
As Maryland enters the second year of enrollment for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, we might ask this question: Is anybody feeling better? I don't mean about the ACA, or Obamacare, though we'll get to that subject in a moment.
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States Don't Have the Money to Run Their Obamacare-Mandated Health

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States Don't Have the Money to Run Their Obamacare-Mandated Health
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government shelled out billions of dollars to get health insurance marketplaces going in the 14 states that opted to run their own. Now they must act like true marketplaces and start paying for themselves.
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Small-business health insurance exchange expanding
The small-business health insurance marketplace offered only in Clark and Cowlitz counties in 2014 will expand to include the rest of the state in 2015, allowing businesses with 25 employees or fewer to purchase health plans and cash in on a 50 percent …
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UPMC Health Plan slashes insurance marketplace premiums
11 — UPMC Health Plan has dramatically slashed premiums for the 2015 insurance policies that it is selling via the federal government's online insurance marketplace, while Highmark Inc.'s have risen slightly, meaning UPMC has the cheapest midrange …
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Obama's health-care law annual check-up: Three things you need to know

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Obama's health-care law annual check-up: Three things you need to know
More than 600,000 people in Texas, about 325,000 in North Carolina, and another 275,000 in Georgia would see insurance premiums soar by similar amounts. Nationwide, more than 4 million people living in 37 states would be in situations like these.
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Obamacare's State of Crisis

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Obamacare's State of Crisis
The case arises from Obamacare's provision for health insurance “exchanges”​—​statewide markets for health insurance designed to enable people to obtain health insurance from a source other than employers. While the House's version of health care …
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Massachusetts to Replace Health Exchange With Privately Run System
Massachusetts will replace its failed online health-insurance exchange with another from a private company rather than shifting to the federally run marketplace, a state health official said Friday. The state has been scrambling to replace the old …
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Let people buy health insurance out of state
Reasons to dislike Obamacare have abounded from the outset, and on Friday the administration unveiled a new one: In large swaths of the country, the price of insurance sold on the federal health exchange is going up. That will force many of those who …
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