Throw out Vermont Health Connect, gubernatorial candidate says

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Throw out Vermont Health Connect, gubernatorial candidate says
Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Feliciano says Vermont Health Connect should be scrapped and the state should adopt the federal health care exchange. Government is standing in the way of health care reform, Feliciano said. He also called …
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Health care advocate set to retire
Although Massachusetts is generally seen as the leader for state-sponsored health care, Vermont's plan included aspects the group thought were important to West Virginia. “We went to the Legislature and convinced them to set up a select committee on …
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Technology Looms As Obstacle To Single-Payer Health Care
Peter Shumlin's quest for single-payer health care. Problems with the state's on-line insurance exchange have prompted new concerns among legislators about the next phase of health care reform. Listen. Listening… /. Six weeks ago, analysts for the …
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Health insurance cancellations coming for about 30000 in NM

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Health insurance cancellations coming for about 30000 in NM
Those losing their individual plans have the option to shop for coverage on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, a marketplace of plans offered by five different insurance companies, including Blue Cross and Presbyterian. Open enrollment for 2015 …
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New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Marketing Agency Announces
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — BVK, the full-service advertising and marketing agency of record for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX), announced today that they will not pursue extension of the current contract between …
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Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates

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Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri consumer group announced Wednesday that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the …
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This Is What's the Matter With Kansas
… now the treasurer of the Davis campaign, and the current Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger. Praeger had wanted Kansas to implement its own health insurance exchange, which was already being designed, but Brownback shut it down.
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DesJarlais Praises Ruling By Kansas Judge On Obamacare Tax Subsidies
Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Tuesday praised a ruling by a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma that Affordable Care Act tax subsidies cannot go to residents of states with a federally-run insurance …
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Zane Benefits Publishes New Information on Arizona Health Insurance Exchange

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Park City, Utah (PRWEB) April 14, 2013

Today, Zane Benefits, Inc. published new information on Arizona’s Health Insurance Exchange. Zane Benefits, which provides comprehensive and flexible alternatives to traditional employer sponsored health benefits, is the leader in defined contribution and health reimbursement arrangements.

According to Zane Benefits’ website, starting in 2014, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance coverage for individuals and small businesses will become available through new state health insurance exchanges.

All states have three options for setting up a state health insurance exchange for 2014:

1. Build a State-Based Exchange

2. Enter into a State-Federal Partnership Exchange

3. Default to a Federally-Facilitated Exchange

Governor Jan Brewer announced in November 2012 that Arizona would default to a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange.

Arizona Health Insurance Exchange – History

According to Zane Benefits’ website, originally Arizona established the Office of Health Insurance Exchange to “organize the health insurance marketplace for easier evaluation by individuals and small businesses to acquire affordable health insurance.” In 2011, the legislation establishing a state-based health insurance exchange failed.

On November 28, 2012, Governor Jan Brewer informed federal officials that Arizona would default to a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. In the official statement by the State of Arizona, Governor Brewer explained “This decision comes following an extensive research and outreach process during which my team of health advisers conducted public hearings and met with HHS, patient advocates and representatives of Arizona hospitals, health providers, insurers, tribal groups and other members of the health care community.”

Arizona Health Insurance Exchange – What is It?

According to Zane Benefits’ website, the Arizona health insurance exchange will be operated through the federally-run health insurance exchange, called the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”).

Starting in October 2013 Arizona residents will be able to access information about all the plans available through the Marketplace. The SHOP Exchange will also be available to small businesses. Coverage from the Marketplace starts in January 2014.

According to an estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1.18 million of 6.5 million Arizonans (18%) did not have health insurance in 2011. According to the Governor’s office, an estimated 470,000 (out of 621,000 eligible residents) are expected to purchase insurance through the exchange by 2016.

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About Zane Benefits

Zane Benefits was founded in 2006 to provide a revolutionized SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) administration platform (“ZaneHRA”) for Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and defined contribution health care. The flagship software provides a 100% paperless administration experience to employers and insurance professionals that want to offer better health benefits without a traditional group health insurance plan at lower costs. For more information about ZaneHRA, visit http://www.zanebenefits.com.







In Referendum With U.S. Implications, Swiss Voters Reject Single-Payer Health

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In Referendum With U.S. Implications, Swiss Voters Reject Single-Payer Health
In a decision with meaningful implications for the future of U.S. health reform, Swiss voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to replace their fully privatized health care system with a government-run, single-payer one. Why does this …
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Other Views: Health care battles continue to roil
Afterwards, McAuliffe vowed to take executive action but discovered legal restrictions limited him to adding 25,000 people to the rolls, mostly those with mental illnesses, though he included funds to encourage 160,000 more to enroll in private …
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Judge Says US Can't Subsidize Plans in No Marketplace States
WASHINGTON — A federal district judge in Oklahoma dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, ruling that the federal government could not subsidize health insurance in three dozen states that refused to establish their own marketplaces.
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One year since HealthCare.govs debut CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case

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One year since HealthCare.govs debut CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case
… year funded the Affordable Care Act with barely a whimper. The website is working — 7.3 million are enrolled in state and federal exchange plans. … WellPoint Thinks improving access to care, strengthening the doctor-patient relationship and …
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Alison Lundergan Grimes' embrace of Obamacare is at arm's length
In Kentucky, Mr. Obama and Obamacare remain wildly unpopular with voters, even as support has steadily increased for the state's Kynect health insurance exchange created under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA. Mrs. Grimes may …
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Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

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Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT
(AP) — The average rate for policies sold on Minnesota's health insurance exchange will go up 4.5 percent in 2015 but remain the lowest in the nation, state officials said Wednesday. The four holdover companies — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, …
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Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

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Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who, as the "Obamacare" insurance marketplace failed spectacularly in its launch, stayed on to oversee repairs before Obama accepted her resignation months later. Associated Press writers Erica …
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No single issue breaking through this election
it's not an easy question to answer. There's no one clear issue that has broken through. Remember, this election was supposed to be about health care — on the one year anniversary of the healthcare.gov launch — or, maybe, on the other side, a …
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Quick Bite: 3 stories to get you caught up on today's news over lunch
They sparred on a variety of topics, including terrorism, the state's health insurance exchange and mining in northeastern Minnesota. Another … The apparent murder of a real estate agent in Arkansas has Minnesota realtors re-evaluating safety protocols.
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HHS is kicking immigrants off Obamacare coverage without fair warning

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HHS is kicking immigrants off Obamacare coverage without fair warning
About 115,000 people are expected to lose new coverage purchased through the federal health insurance marketplaces because they failed to provide documentation that they're U.S. citizens or they're legally present in the United States, the Department …
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Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates
Citizen Action of Wisconsin said that the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance released partial data last week showing the rate increase averages for existing plans on the health exchange. But the group said in a news release that it …
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The simple ways health insurance can change your life
Magazines lined one wall. A bulletin board advertised meetings for enrolling in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace. A wave of publicity had swept across the state encouraging people to sign up. In the rural region served by the Ozark Medical …
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2 ways to improve NC's economy

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2 ways to improve NC's economy
A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger economy — even for those with low-income jobs. Unfortunately, North Carolina state leaders recently demolished one of …
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Charles C. Haynes: Where religious freedom goes to die
Why are colleges and universities — places of higher learning supposedly committed to the free exchange of ideas and beliefs — withdrawing recognition from these groups? For one simple reason: … In response to the de-recognition and exclusion of …
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CAMPAIGN OVERNIGHT: Happy anniversary?
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the shutdown and the first stuttering failures of the government exchange's website. Back then, Democrats were giddy over the potential political payoff after GOP obstructionism in Congress shuttered the …
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