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Exchange roundup: Colorado market called 'very competitive'; California loses some plans

While some state marketplaces are adding insurance carriers -- and The Urban Institute calls Colorado's marketplace "very competitive" -- several plans will not be returning to Covered California. [More]
First Edition: August 14, 2014

First Edition: August 14, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about an uptick in VA referrals to private physicians. Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby reports: "Some hospitals in New York, Florida and Wisconsin are exploring ways to help individuals and families pay their share of the costs of government-subsidized policies purchased though the health law's marketplaces – at least partly to guarantee the hospitals get paid when the consumers seek care. [More]
Majority of customers are satisfied with MediCare International, shows survey

Majority of customers are satisfied with MediCare International, shows survey

A recent survey of users of international private healthcare insurer MediCare International has reported that 95% of those surveyed were either very satisfied or satisfied with their overall service experience. [More]
State highlights: Fed. judge in Ore. rules health plan wrongly denied autism coverage; new rules could disrupt care for disabled Kansans

State highlights: Fed. judge in Ore. rules health plan wrongly denied autism coverage; new rules could disrupt care for disabled Kansans

In a potentially far-reaching opinion, a federal judge in Portland has ruled that Providence Health Plan wrongfully denied insurance coverage for groundbreaking autism therapy for two Portland boys. [More]

Unresolved citizenship, immigration status threaten health law coverage for 310,000 people

The federal government has mailed notification to the people in three dozen states. These people have until Sept. 5 to present green cards, citizenship documents or other information to prove their eligibility for health insurance purchased through the online insurance marketplace. [More]

Study finds big range in state workers' health costs

A first-of-its-kind study by two charitable organizations found that states paid nearly $31 billion on employee insurance last year - making it the second largest category of state health care spending after Medicaid. But the costs borne by state workers varied widely. [More]
Insurance rate hikes could be issue in key states

Insurance rate hikes could be issue in key states

Although rate hikes average 7.5 percent nationally for the individual health insurance market, consumers in politically key states such as Florida and North Carolina may see higher increases-- and insurers are partly blaming the administration's decision to allow consumers to hold onto their old policies. [More]
First Edition: August 13, 2014

First Edition: August 13, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that more than 300,000 people who obtained new insurance through the health law could lose it if they do not provide proof by Sept. 5 that their immigration or citizenship status makes them eligible for it. [More]
OneDX provides patients and physicians alike with unfettered access to medical images

OneDX provides patients and physicians alike with unfettered access to medical images

OneDX®, the mobile medical imaging management solution from The New Medical Product Server is providing patients and physicians alike with unfettered access to medical images, allowing images from Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) platforms to be viewed and shared from a computer or any mobile device in a snap. [More]
Researchers examine why older adults are at risk for malnutrition

Researchers examine why older adults are at risk for malnutrition

More than half of older adults who visit emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, but not because of lack of access to health care, critical illness or dementia. [More]

Silicon Valley startup pitches self-insurance software

Collective Health says it can help employers save money with software that helps them pay workers' health costs directly. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Apple is preparing to roll out "HealthKit," a monitoring app, as part of the iPhone 6 this fall. [More]

Michigan Chamber announces launch date for statewide private health insurance marketplace

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce will be launching a statewide private health insurance marketplace – Michigan's Insurance Marketplace at www.MiChamberMarketplace.org – on September 1, 2014. [More]

Average Obamacare premium increase estimated at 7.5 percent

The estimate was part of an analysis done by the Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers. [More]
First Edition: August 12, 2014

First Edition: August 12, 2014

Today's headlines include stories about how the federal government's experience with healthcare.gov has led to the creation of the U.S. Digital Service. [More]

Exchange news: Oracle sues Ore. for $23M; Mass. sticks with state-run website

Oracle Corp., the primary developer behind Oregon's dysfunctional health insurance website, sued Cover Oregon and accused Gov. John Kitzhaber of conducting a "smear campaign" against the company. Meanwhile, Massachusetts officials decided to replace that state's failed exchange with another from a private company, rather than shifting to the federal marketplace. [More]

New report provides in-depth analysis of non-life insurance segment in Brazil

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Non-Life Insurance in Brazil, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018. [More]

HRIC selects Softheon MC2 to integrate plan offerings for individuals and SHOP plans to FFM

Softheon, Inc., a proven leader in health insurance marketplace integration and business operation, announced today that Health Republic Insurance Company has chosen the Marketplace Connector Cloud (MC2) as their software platform that will integrate and transition its comprehensive plan offerings for individuals and SHOP plans, both on and off Exchange, to the Federally Facilitated Marketplace. [More]

Medicaid, CHIP enrollments top 7 million

The Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday that 7.2 million people gained insurance through these programs since the health law's eligibility changes began last October. In addition, Arkansas and New Hampshire offer snapshots of their states' enrollment pictures, while Kansas and Missouri hospitals brace for the price of state decisions not to expand the low-income health insurance program. [More]
Health law funds new search for health care improvements

Health law funds new search for health care improvements

News outlets report on aspects of the health law designed to foster and test innovation in the nation's health care delivery system. [More]
Retina's Alpha IMS microchip receives NUB innovation status from Germany statutory health insurance

Retina's Alpha IMS microchip receives NUB innovation status from Germany statutory health insurance

Retina Implant AG, the leading developer of subretinal implants for patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), today announced that the Company's Alpha IMS microchip was granted NUB innovation status and will now be reimbursed by Germany's statutory health insurance system. [More]