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3 hrs ago | The Charlotte Observer
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.
7 hrs ago | Local TV Station KTVZ
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."
11 hrs ago | The Columbian
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.
15 hrs ago | Salon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEPTEMBER 3: Officials from the State Department of Labor and the main casino workers' union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, help displaced workers file for unemployment, and give them information on signing up for health insurance. ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 3: Officials from the State Department of Labor and the main casino workers' union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, help displaced workers file for unemployment, and give them information on signing up for health insurance.
OSPIRG's Jesse Ellis O'Brien said Oregon's rate review process has cut more than $179 million since 2010. This year's more in-depth review process for health insurance rate resulted in lower rates on average for next year.
WINhealth is a not-for-profit managed care organization that serves members in the Softheon MC2 will be utilized to integrate WINhealth's Plan Catalog Management, Eligibility & Enrollment , SHOP, Premium Billing, Edge Server, and other consumer service solutions through leveraging its core administrative system, without the need to "rip and replace" existing IT investments. This partnership will focus on enhancing WINhealth's multi-channel distribution and outreach channels, while aiming at enhancing the user experience of its members and brokers.
Employers have complained for years about their rising health-care costs. But over the past decade, as the chart above shows, premium increases for employer health insurance have moderated sharply and stabilized .
Regulating the content of health insurance contracts, where the government determines which medical treatments and services must be covered, creates tension between principles of fairness and principles of welfare economics. Principles of fairness, after all, may require that all medical losses be shared within a community, while principles of welfare economics would advocate regulation only where there is some form of market failure that leads to an inefficient or suboptimal result.
Up till now for all the numerous healthcare schemes that have begun at district and provincial levels, the general image is one of failing health pointers and facilities through the country. A 2008 World Health Organization report found that decentralization has ran to the erosion of a once incorporated health system, extremely discouragement the worth of disease surveillance and public health programs.
A Colorado breast cancer survivor says Chick-fil-A took away her health insurance and demoted her after she had a double mastectomy. When Daphne Richards returned to work at what she thought was a "family friendly, Christian" company, she was told by her manager that the store had been restructured and she no longer has a full time management position.
Campaign disclosure law requires initiative committees to disclose the economic interests of their largest donors. The No on 45 committee never identifies "health insurance companies" - the source of the to the campaign, said Consumer Watchdog in a complaint filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 05:36 pm
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