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10 min ago | Los Angeles Times

California health insurance exchange unveils ad campaign and outreach

Preparing for the second year of Obamacare enrollment, California unveiled new television ads and handed out $14.6 million to community groups for consumer outreach. The state-run insurance exchange, Covered California, said the new grant funds are in addition to $33.4 million that has already been given to clinics, unions, schools and nonprofit groups helping with enrollment.


Related Topix: California, Health, Los Angeles County, CA, Orange County, CA

4 hrs ago | Cybercast News Service

Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections. The first ads, aimed at African Americans, started running Monday and are part of a coast-to-coast buy worth more than $1 million.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, African-American, Health, Personal Finance, Retirement

7 hrs ago | Business Journal

Colorado advocacy group hoping to bring down healthcare costs

Jake Williams is the executive director of Healthier Colorado, a group that launched on Sept. 15, 2014, to advocate for health-care policy changes on the state and local level.


Related Topix: Colorado, Health Care Policy, Health

7 hrs ago | Business Journal

New Nmhix Ceo says brokers will be key to the exchange's success

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange CEO Amy Dowd said working with insurance brokers and agents will be a key to the exchange's ability to get more New Mexicans to enroll in health plans. The new CEO of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange said that working with insurance agents and brokers will be a key to the marketplace's success during the upcoming open-enrollment period.


Related Topix: New Mexico, New Mexico Government, Health

8 hrs ago | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

CalPERS health insurance open enrollment starts today

Health insurance open enrollment for CalPERS members begins today and ends on Oct. 10. During that period, members can sign up for insurance, add eligible family members and make changes to their existing plans for the 2015 calendar year. The fund offers six health maintenance organization plans and three preferred provider organization plans, although availability is based on geography.


Related Topix: Health

10 hrs ago | The Daily Caller

Study: Pre-Obamacare Health Insurance Was Better Quality Than Exchange Plans

Individual health insurance policies were of higher quality in 2013, before Obamacare regulations hit, than the offerings on health-care exchanges this year, according to a study released Monday. The National Center for Public Policy Research examined the health insurance plans available before the health care law took effect in ten major cities and found that for 27 year-olds and 57 year-old couples, the individual market used to provide more comprehensive coverage than the exchanges.


Related Topix: Health, Healthcare Law, Law, US News, Conservative Political News

12 hrs ago | Washington Times

Woman recalls experience as health care navigator

The woman was then able to get implants in her spine that blocked much of the pain and allowed her to live a more normal life. She could walk at least to the mailbox and back.


Related Topix: Baked Goods, Life, Food, Bread, Nebraska, Health, Nebraska Government

15 hrs ago | Investopedia

Investing In Health Insurance Companies

The health insurance industry is a very large and integrated industry in the U.S. economy. Health insurers, sometimes called managed care companies, are often thought of as the gate-keepers to American healthcare.


Related Topix: Medicine

18 hrs ago |

Medical debts outweigh emergency savings for 25 percent of Americans

A scathing new survey from shows that a majority of Americans are more worried than ever about their healthcare and finances. The poll of 1,006 participants revealed a shocking trend of ballooning medical debts and dwindling personal savings.


Related Topix: Medicine

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Detroit News

Health coverage for retirees outside U.S. will vary greatly

Q: What advice on health insurance can you give to people planning to retire in India? Can we purchase an international health insurance policy for medical services there? A: The best options for retiree coverage vary greatly depending on the country where you plan to live, the type of coverage you need, whether you are eligible for Medicare and whether you will be a citizen or simply classified as a medical tourist.


Related Topix: Health, Medicare, Carmel, IN

The Charlotte Observer

Workers feel pinch as employers rein in health-insurance costs

Blue Max Materials employees Steven Helms and Lisa Rios say they saw deductibles and premiums rise before their employer stopped covering workers this summer. Both say they're getting better deals on family policies on the individual exchange.


Related Topix: Duke Energy, Energy, North Carolina

Local TV Station KTVZ

State budgets $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit

Oregon has budgeted $2 million for its legal fight with software giant Oracle over the state's failed health care exchange website. The state sued the Redwood City, California, company in Marion County Circuit Court last month, claiming that Oracle officials lied, breached contracts and engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity."


Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, Redwood City, CA, Health

The Columbian

Kaiser Permanente's switch reverberates

When Kaiser Permanente opted to refer its Clark County patients starting last October to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center - ending a longtime relationship with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center - the nonprofit insurer was motivated by Legacy's data-driven approach to health care, said Susan Mullaney, Kaiser's vice president of hospital operations for Oregon and Washington. Kaiser uses an integrated electronic medical record system to manage care - identifying patients who make frequent emergency room visits, for example, and then trying to find ways to treat those patients outside of the ER.


Related Topix: Salmon Creek, WA, Medicine, PeaceHealth, Hospital Administration, Healthcare Industry, Clark County, WA, Health, Medicaid


How the Catholic Church masterminded the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby debacle

From a father in Missouri who's looking to keep his daughters from accessing birth control , to the refusal of key contraception mandate plaintiffs to accept the Obama administration's latest "accommodation," the Hobby Lobby decision continues to reverberate. But while the Green family who filed the Hobby Lobby suit objecting to the mandate are evangelical Christians, the road to Hobby Lobby wasn't paved by the Christian Right.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Religion, Health

Nevada Appeal

Ron Bliss: ACA has helped a lot of people

In the beginning, there were predictions that the healthcare reform act would die of its own account because mostly the elderly and sick would sign up and that it would be an albatross around the neck of the Democrats in an election year. Instead, it will likely help the Democrats this year -- especially in states like Kentucky where they signed up over 400,000 applicants.


Related Topix: Nevada, Health, Elko, NV

Sat Sep 13, 2014


Health Insurance and the Labor Supply Decisions of Older Workers:...

Health Insurance and the Labor Supply Decisions of Older Workers: Evidence from a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Expansion This paper exploits a major mid-1990s expansion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care system to provide evidence on the labor market effects of expanding health insurance availability. Using data from the Current Population Survey, we employ a difference-in-differences strategy to compare the labor market behavior of older veterans and non-veterans before and after the VA health benefits expansion to test the impact of public health insurance on labor supply.


Related Topix: Health, Life, Veteran Affairs

Burlington Times News

Help available again for insurance enrollment

A $60 million Navigator grant award will be distributed nationwide to 90 organizations in states with federally facilitated and state partnership health insurance marketplaces. North Carolina is among them.


Related Topix: Health, Pittsboro, NC, Alamance County, NC

Sun Journal

Glitch allows substandard health insurance plans

A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law's toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such as hospitalization coverage, according to brokers and consultants. The calculator appears to allow companies enrolling workers for 2015 to offer inexpensive, substandard medical insurance while avoiding the Affordable Care Act's penalties, consumer advocates say.


Related Topix: Health, Healthcare Law, Law


University Board of Trustees, health insurance and fairgrounds

Plans regarding student health requirements at the University and decisions on the fairgrounds expansion were brought forward on the Sept. 10 Board of Trustees meetings.


Related Topix: Health, Medicaid, Florida State University

Pacific Daily News

GovGuam health insurance enrollment opens this weekend

Government of Guam annual health insurance negotiations have ended, and GovGuam employees and retirees can begin enrolling this weekend, according to the chairman of the Legislature's health committee.


Related Topix: Health, Medicare