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Washington state exchange confronts persistent technical problems

Officials for the state's online health marketplace also ask lawmakers to increase the cap on general fund money they can use for marketing. [More]
First Edition: August 29, 2014

First Edition: August 29, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the Obama administration and Pennsylvania reaching an agreement to expand Medicaid in that state. [More]
Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

You're looking at the biggest story involving the federal budget and a crucial one for the future of the American economy. Every year for the last six years in a row, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its estimate for how much the federal government will need to spend on Medicare in coming years. [More]

Pennsylvania, CMS agree on 'Healthy PA' Medicaid expansion plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a press statement Thursday announcing that CMS and Pennsylvania officials. have agreed to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania. [More]
Longer looks: A new kind of abortion war; foster kids and psychotropic drugs

Longer looks: A new kind of abortion war; foster kids and psychotropic drugs

While pro-life activists fight to rescue IVF embryos from the freezer, pregnant women in their third trimester with catastrophic fetal anomalies have nowhere to turn. ... Perhaps there is no other issue that touches on so many core dimensions of American society-;legal, medical, scientific, theological, political, philosophical, biological, ethical, and ecological. What some on one side of the debate call reproductive justice, others call taking a life. What some call a person, others call a cluster of cells. [More]

Consumers unable to update healthcare.gov data with deadline looming

Hundreds of thousands of people risk losing subsidized health insurance if they don't resubmit immigration information by the end of next week, but many have been unable to comply because of glitches with healthcare.gov. Other stories look at the millions spent on healthcare.gov and at exchange developments in Connecticut, Oregon and Washington. [More]

Pennsylvania officials say Medicaid expansion talks are in final stage

But the state offered few details about where the negotiations with the federal government are heading. Also in news about changes from the health law in the states, the Arizona Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a case that could unravel that state's Medicaid expansion. [More]
Health law provision seeks to rein in executive compensation at insurance companies

Health law provision seeks to rein in executive compensation at insurance companies

News outlets report that this little-noticed provision puts in place stricter limits regarding the amount companies can deduct from their federal tax bills. Also in the news, The Associated Press reports on ways health plans discourage sick people from enrolling and The New York Times examines the health law's efforts to expand mental health coverage. [More]

Centene’s Missouri subsidiary earns Medicaid and Marketplace HMO accreditation by NCQA

Centene Corporation announced today that its wholly-owned Missouri subsidiary, Home State Health, has earned Medicaid and Marketplace HMO accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. [More]
Millions of women suffering in silence with hot flashes

Millions of women suffering in silence with hot flashes

The steep decline in the use of hormone therapy has spawned a prevalent but preventable side effect: millions of women suffering in silence with hot flashes, according to a study by a Yale School of Medicine researcher and colleagues. [More]
First Edition: August 28, 2014

First Edition: August 28, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the Congressional Budget Office's latest projections regarding Medicare and Medicaid spending. [More]

Conn. exchange chief to tun Healthcare.gov

Federal officials tap Kevin Counihan, who helped launch Connecticut's successful online health insurance marketplace, to oversee the federal exchange, which is used by residents of three dozen states, and to prevent the problems that plagued it last fall. [More]

Exchange roundup: 2,000 Oregonians must switch plans; Georgia Medicaid applicants still in limbo

Cover Oregon will hold a special open enrollment period for 1,400 Oregonians who were incorrectly enrolled into the low-income Oregon Health Plan by the state's troubled health insurance exchange. Starting Aug. 31, the people affected will have no coverage through the OHP, the state's version of Medicaid. However, they will have the option to sign up for coverage from private insurers and to qualify for tax credits through Cover Oregon to bring down premiums. Meanwhile, Cover Oregon is contacting at least 700 people who should have been enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan, but were incorrectly enrolled in a commercial health plan instead (Budnick, 8/26). [More]

Federal investigators request firms' documents on troubled Md. exchange

The head of Noridian Healthcare Solutions says the HHS inspector general's office sought documents related to the company's work on Maryland's online health insurance marketplace. [More]
First Edition: August 27, 2014

First Edition: August 27, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about Kevin Counihan, the person who take on the challenge of running healthcare.gov. [More]
Who is exempt from health law's mandate to have insurance?

Who is exempt from health law's mandate to have insurance?

The Miami Herald looks at the religious groups that pool their money to pay medical expenses and whose members are therefore exempt from the law's requirement to carry insurance. [More]

Vermont GOP candidates for governor blast state's move toward single payer system

The criticism of Gov. Peter Shumlin's push for a publicly funded health care system came during a debate on the eve of the primary. Also, in Virginia, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveils a tax plan that would repeal taxes in the health law. [More]

Report tallies funds committed to federal insurance exchange

The federal government has committed nearly $800 million to the project, according the Health and Human Services' inspector general. [More]
First Edition: August 26, 2014

First Edition: August 26, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from major news organizations, including a report about how what some say is a health law "drafting error" and other's term a "political miscalculation" could become the measure's trouble spot. [More]

Exchange customers now receiving subsidies should review tax issues

The Associated Press examines the tax credit issue. Other outlets look at issues surrounding the state insurance marketplaces in California, Maryland, Illinois, Connecticut and Minnesota. [More]