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Hardship exemptions allow some to continue to buy coverage on health law's marketplaces

Hardship exemptions allow some to continue to buy coverage on health law's marketplaces

Elsewhere, the San Jose Mercury News examines who can opt out of the health law's mandate to have insurance on religious grounds. [More]

States explore strategies to protect exchanges, subsidies from court decisions

News outlets report that states are working hard to demonstrate that they are now or will soon be operating their own online insurance marketplaces. Meanwhile, states are pushing for more time and support from the federal government for exchange planning and construction. [More]
Plan renewals, narrow networks draw scrutiny

Plan renewals, narrow networks draw scrutiny

Some industry officials say the automatic renewal of some health law insurance plans could have a negative impact on the financial aid that consumers receive. Meanwhile, narrow networks continue to be the subject of backlash. [More]

Health law playing key role in Virginia politics

News outlets examine how the overhaul is factoring into the state's Senate race and changing the political landscape. [More]
First Edition: July 28, 2014

First Edition: July 28, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the deal reached by House and Senate negotiators regarding veterans' health care. [More]
Despite public programs, food insecurity remains an intractable problem in the US

Despite public programs, food insecurity remains an intractable problem in the US

Vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and low-income households are disproportionately affected by food security, despite the extensive private and public food safety net in the United States, according to a new report by RTI International. [More]
Viewpoints: Ryan's 'thoughtful blueprint' to end poverty; GOP challenges after health law ruling

Viewpoints: Ryan's 'thoughtful blueprint' to end poverty; GOP challenges after health law ruling

The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee today released a thoughtful blueprint for overhauling $800 billion worth of U.S. anti-poverty programs. [More]

States could opt to operate their own exchanges to blunt impact of recent federal appeals court decision

Of course, CQ Healthbeat reports, this scenario is still a long shot, but it offers a possible workaround if the recent ruling that consumers could not use health law subsidies to buy insurance on healthcare.gov becomes law. [More]

For consumers, some pitfalls in Obamacare coverage could lie ahead

Stateline reports that automatic re-enrollment of health plans bought through the state and federal exchanges could mean that people pay more than they would if they comparison shopped. In addition, The Associated Press reports that inconsistent subsidy amounts are leading some people to go without insurance. [More]

NC Senate votes for managed care Medicaid overhaul

The move would offer a set amount of money per patient for care to managed care plans and would take administration of the program out of the hands of the state Department of Health and Human Services and into the hands of a politically appointed board. [More]

Health law's 'uninsurance' fine capped at $2,448 for individuals

The cap for a family of five is set at $12,240 -- an amount equal to the national average annual premium cost of a bronze level plan. [More]

Obama administration moves forward on employer mandate

A signal came Thursday when the Internal Revenue Service posted drafts of forms that employers will have to fill out to comply with the requirement that they provide workers with health insurance. [More]

Consumers in states around the country to get premium rebates

Local news outlets report on a federal announcement Thursday showing how much money will be sent back to people and employers under rules that say insurers must spend at least 80 percent of premium payments on medical care. [More]

New Mexico likely to decide health exchange plan today

Also in the news, Colorado's health exchange chief executive announced she will leave her post to become president of Cigna's private exchange business. [More]
First Edition: July 25, 2014

First Edition: July 25, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that the Obama administration is moving ahead in preparations for the health law's employer mandate. [More]
Viewpoints: Looking to the supremes for answer on subsidies; 'personhood' laws

Viewpoints: Looking to the supremes for answer on subsidies; 'personhood' laws

Liberals are telling themselves that the latest ObamaCare legal challenge won't amount to much, although more nervously after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the White House is defying the law's plain text by allotting insurance subsidies through the federal exchanges. Allow us to increase their anxiety by speeding things along to the Supreme Court (7/23). [More]

GAO official: Report intended to identify trouble spots in health law fraud controls

It's too early to draw conclusions about fraud in the Obamacare marketplaces, a congressional investigator said at a hearing focused on a report finding 11 out of 12 fake applicants were able to obtain subsidized health insurance. Republicans jumped on the report as proof that the health care law invites fraud, but the Government Accountability Office official said the sample is too small and investigators "can't draw any conclusions" until their work is complete. [More]

Healthcare.gov active with special enrollments

ProPublica reports that the once problem-plagued federal exchange handled an estimated 960,000 "834" forms between April 19 and July 15. [More]

10 million newly insured because of health law, study says

The study, done by Harvard researchers and published by the New England Journal of Medicine, was based on Gallup polling and data from the Department of Health and Human Services. [More]

Medicaid residents sue Tennessee on Medicaid enrollment delays

The suit claims that the state's decision to require residents to apply through the health law marketplace slowed down enrollment. In other Medicaid news, The Associated Press examines problems in Oregon caused by the rush of enrollment. [More]