Measuring the impact of states' health care decisions

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Measuring the impact of states' health care decisions
In the five states most resistant to ACA implementation — Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wyoming — those purchasing their own health insurance were $ 245 worse off on an annual basis when compared to enrollees in all other states' individual …
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Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature
Mead said it's also unclear whether the federal courts will ultimately decide that states have to have their own health insurance exchange established in order to receive a federal subsidy for Medicaid expansion. Wyoming is among the states that opted …
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Morning Agenda: Alibaba Makes Its Debut
ALIBABA MAKES ITS DEBUT | The Alibaba Group raised nearly $ 21.8 billion in its initial public offering last night, as investors rushed to buy a piece of the company that is poised to continue dominating China's burgeoning e-commerce industry, DealBook …
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UnitedHealthcare enters Wisconsin Obamacare exchange

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UnitedHealthcare enters Wisconsin Obamacare exchange
Another new player for 2015 in the Wisconsin individual insurance exchange will be Managed Health Services Insurance Corp., according to information released Sept. 9 by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Managed Health, with an …
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State group gets federal grant to help with health insurance exchange
Madison-based Covering Kids and Families-Wisconsin has received a $ 438,136 federal grant to help people enroll in the federal health insurance exchange for next year. The grant will allow the group to do outreach and education about health insurance …
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Lassa: Some good news, and more bad, on health care
At Senator Baldwin's urging, the U.S. Department of Health Services is extending the health exchange enrollment period for these individuals and families until November 2. DHS will send letters to former BadgerCare recipients informing them of the …
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Al Cross | Why isn't health big Grimes issue?

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Al Cross | Why isn't health big Grimes issue?
Mitch McConnell uttered the absurdity that the state health-insurance exchange created under Obamacare wasn't connected to his stated desire to repeal the health-reform law. Even before that, Democrats wondered if and how they might use the issue …
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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage
MergerWatch has been closely watching how Fidelis Care, a Catholic-owned insurer that this year was the second-most-popular plan on the New York state health exchange, is handling reproductive health services. Fidelis has arranged for a third party to …
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Highmark denies premiums in federal insurance marketplaces affected by level
"We were surprised as anybody that we were going to be the only carrier on the exchange." The Pittsburgh -based insurer is the only insurance carrier selling health plans on Healthcare.gov in West Virginia this year. A 27-year-old in Charleston paid …
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115000 immigrants to lose health coverage by Sept. 30 because of lack of

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115000 immigrants to lose health coverage by Sept. 30 because of lack of
Federal health officials said Monday that more than 100,000 immigrants who bought health-care plans through the federal insurance exchange will have their coverage cut off at the end of the month, because they failed to provide proof by the Sept. 5 …
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HHS says 700000 have lost insurance coverage since May
WASHINGTON — After enrolling more than 8 million people into marketplace health insurance this year, roughly 700,000 have lost their coverage, Medicare administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified Thursday before Congress. Her surprise disclosure came …
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Guest Opinion: Change coming for state health insurance exchange
It has been nearly three years since Washington began to build its state-based insurance exchange and profoundly expanded Medicaid. It has not been an easily defined road nor a smooth one. Nothing like this had ever been done before, which led to a …
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Income checks throw Californians off health plans

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Income checks throw Californians off health plans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state's insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor. Covered California has no …
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The time may be right to salvage states rights
States enraged by an Obamacare provision denying them subsidies unless they created insurance exchanges shouldn't have been surprised. Congress routinely uses the …. “The states can't say, 'Oh, Washington is out of control.' No, the states are out of …
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Battle to loosen MU not over yet Apple piloting HealthKit at Duke, Stanford
IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT'S OVER (MEANINGFUL USE, THAT IS): Health organizations say they will continue lobbying against a much-resented requirement of the meaningful use incentive program that federal health officials refused to change in a ruling issued …
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Griz Tracks: Daunting North Dakota State next up for Montana

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Griz Tracks: Daunting North Dakota State next up for Montana
It's a clash of FCS powers as Montana visits North Dakota State this weekend. Can the 3-time defending national champion Bison be beat? Griz Tracks guys Bill Speltz and AJ Mazzolini have the latest. 12 hours ago • MissoulianVideo · (0) Comments …
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If Ed were king, how he'd fix sports today
… who go to Duke, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State, etc., are less capable of handling the academic load than the students who go to such schools as Delaware, Villanova, Towson, Montana State and North Dakota State?
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ASW funeral notices Sept. 19
Running back Jordan Canada and the Grizzlies will try to crack a North Dakota State defense that ranks No. 2 in the nation in …. Memorials in Antoine's name are suggested to Nightingale Nursing and Caregiving, 4185 N. Montana Ave. Ste 4, Helena, MT …
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How to Increase Health Care Enrollment for N.C.'s Immigrants

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How to Increase Health Care Enrollment for N.C.'s Immigrants
Sixty-one percent of immigrants in North Carolina have no health insurance coverage, yet the average monthly premium for insurance available through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace is within the price range many immigrants …
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US to End Coverage Under Health Care Law for Tens of Thousands
2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the federal insurance marketplace. Some of them may be able to have their coverage reinstated retroactively if they produce the documents that they were … Federal officials said …
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PRICE ANNOUNCES FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR GRANTS
This funding will help North Carolinians shop for and enroll in 2014-2015 health plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace this fall. Legal Aid of North Carolina , as the leader of the North Carolina Navigator Consortium , will receive $ 2.3 million …
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Tracking premium changes on New York's health exchange

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Tracking premium changes on New York's health exchange
Last week, the state Department of Financial Services released 2015 insurance rates for the individual market, including for companies offering plans on the state's health insurance exchange. The exchange, created by the Affordable Care Act, is where …
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Health insurers' rate hike requests slashed on New York State exchanges
The state announced Thursday that it kept health insurance premiums for 2015 to an average 6.7 percent increase — about half of what the insurance companies sought. On Long Island, the average rate for the silver plan — the most popular — on New …
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As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift
FILE – This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. The British pound jumped and world stock benchmarks rose Friday Sept. 19, 2014 as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom, …
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New NMHIX CEO says brokers will be key to the exchange's success

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New NMHIX CEO says brokers will be key to the exchange's success
The Idaho exchange enrolled 76,000 individuals in health care plans during the first open-enrollment period and was considered one of the more successful exchanges in the nation. New Mexico enrolled about 32,000 individuals during the open-enrollment …
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Exclusive: many New Mexicans will pay less for health insurance next year
Franchini's office released the new individual rates from the five insurers that will be selling on the exchange. Three of those insurers – New Mexico Health Connections, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico and Molina Healthcare of New Mexico …
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New Mexico Health Exchange Seeks Outreach Help
New Mexico's hybrid state-federal health insurance exchange has called for outreach and public education pitches to boost enrollment for Obamacare's second enrollment period starting in November. The state in July hired Idaho's insurance exchange …
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Fairview's health plan leaving Minnesota insurance exchange

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Fairview's health plan leaving Minnesota insurance exchange
In a surprising move that will shake up Minnesota's state-run Obamacare exchange, PreferredOne, a large provider-run health plan affiliated with Fairview Health Services, will drop out of the MNsure exchange for 2015, company and state officials …
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PreferredOne, leading plan in Minnesota, leaving state exchange
The Minnesota-based insurer—owned by Fairview Health Services, North Memorial Health Care and PreferredOne Physician Associates —currently has 53% of the state's individual-market enrollment, according to state statistics. It offered some of the …
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Health Insurance: Enrolling Rural America
Minnesota ran its own health-insurance exchange called MNsure. Virginia relied on the federal exchange, which operated through healthcare.gov. Americans living in rural areas will be a key target as states and nonprofit groups strategize how to enroll …
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