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Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News
Mon, 2014-06-30
"The Supreme Court’s decision on contraceptives and employer health plans could affect companies and workers far beyond Hobby Lobby and the other plaintiffs. But nobody seems to know how far. The ruling applies to “closely held for-profit corporations,” a small subset of employers, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority. But in a dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggests the impact will be far broader. “Although the court attempts to cabin its language to closely held corporations, its logic extends to corporations of any size, public or private,” she said."
Senate Finance Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee minority staffs
Mon, 2014-06-30
"From the beginning, the Obama Administration made it clear that a critical part of the success of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was offering insurance to uninsured individuals through a modern website that was simple and easy to use. To that end, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developing the HealthCare.gov website (website) to make it the showcase of PPACA, since it would be the first tangible product the American public would associate with the law. Both metaphorically and factually, the website was designed to be the public face of President Obama’s signature achievement. However, the Obama Administration failed to task any one individual or entity within HHS or CMS with ensuring the success of the public face of Obamacare.
Tom Miller
Fri, 2014-06-27
In the four years since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we have heard a wide range of speculative predictions about how private employers sponsoring health coverage would respond. More recent evidence from one of the oldest and largest annual surveys of employer plans, by human resources consulting firm Mercer, provides stronger indications that employer sponsors are neither heading for the exit doors nor sitting by passively as broader implementation of Obamacare unfolds.
Sarah Wheaton, Politico
Tue, 2014-06-24
"About 5 percent of Americans who were uninsured last year got coverage in 2014, and more than half of those — about 2.8 percent of the population — obtained their plan through an Obamacare exchange, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The poll, taken after the close of the first enrollment season, pegged the uninsured rate at more than 13 percent."
Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
Mon, 2014-06-09
"While an unprecedented 6 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, mostly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.7 million more are still waiting for their applications to be processed—with some stuck in limbo for as long as eight months, according to officials in 15 large states."
Electa Draper, The Denver Post
Mon, 2014-06-09
"The board of Connect for Health Colorado will consider Monday whether to begin charging insurance carriers $1.25 a month for each policy on their books to generate more than $13 million for the state health exchange."
Laura Ungar, USA Today
Sun, 2014-06-08
"It wasn't supposed to work this way, but since the Affordable Care Act took effect in January, Norton Hospital has seen its packed emergency room become even more crowded, with about 100 more patients a month. That 12 percent spike in the number of patients — many of whom aren't actually facing true emergencies — is spurring the Louisville hospital to convert a waiting room into more exam rooms."
Louise Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal
Sun, 2014-06-08
"The federal health-care law was intended to create a uniform standard of health coverage across the U.S. But the law also is creating opportunities for states to pursue their own solutions."
Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill
Sat, 2014-06-07
"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for the repeal of “every blessed word of ObamaCare” in a fiery speech to a crowd of conservatives in Texas on Friday."
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Health News Colorado
Fri, 2014-06-06
"Colorado’s exchange managers have triggered confusion among their own finance committee board members on the eve of a critical vote Monday over future spending and revenues. Health News Colorado on Thursday reported that board members were concerned that exchange managers had spent $10 million over the past year to sign up about 8,000 people through face-to-face enrollment centers."

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