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Washington State Exchange Confronts Persistent Technical Problems

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:26

Officials for the state's online health marketplace also ask lawmakers to increase the cap on general fund money they can use for marketing.

Pennsylvania's Corbett Becomes 9th GOP Governor To Expand Medicaid

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:15

Gov. Tom Corbett reached a deal with the Obama administration to use federal funds to put about 500,000 low-income residents into managed care plans already used by the state.

Viewpoints: GOP's 2015 Obamacare Plan; The Need For Community Health Workers

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:05

A selection of opinions and editorials from around the country.

Research Roundup: Benefits Of Hip Surgery; Preventing Surgical Infections

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:58

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

Texas Hospitals Complain Insured Patients Moving To Urgent Care Centers

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:39

The hospitals complain that the shift is a problem because they are getting less funding for the uninsured.

First Edition: August 29, 2014

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:24

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.

CBO Chief Says Obamacare Is Reducing Deficit

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:00

News outlets also look at a looming court decision on the health law's subsidies and the potential impact of big data on health outcomes.

Health Law Provision Seeks To Rein In Executive Compensation At Insurance Companies

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:05

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.

Consumers Unable To Update Healthcare.gov Data With Deadline Looming

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:04

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.

Pennsylvania Officials Say Medicaid Expansion Talks Are In Final Stage

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:14

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.

Viewpoints: Medicare No Longer 'Busting' The Budget; A 'Nightmare' Trying To Get Coverage In D.C.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:09

A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.

Longer Looks: A New Kind Of Abortion War; Foster Kids And Psychotropic Drugs

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:08

Each week KHN finds interesting reads from around the Web.

First Edition: August 28, 2014

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:14

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the Congressional Budget Office's latest projections regarding Medicare and Medicaid spending.

Pennsylvania, CMS Agree On 'Healthy PA' Medicaid Exansion Plan

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:00

The Keystone State becomes the 27th state, plus the District of Columbia, to expand the health insurance program for low-income Americans.

Conn. Exchange Chief To Run Healthcare.gov

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:59

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.

Federal Investigators Request Firms' Documents On Troubled Md. Exchange

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:58

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.

Open Payments Website Plagued By Delays, Difficulties

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:33

The site, which is supposed to make transparent payments between drugmakers and physicians, is slated to go public by Sept. 30. But as the deadline nears, the pharmaceutical industry is pressing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to be more transparent in explaining what's going on with the database.

Exchange Roundup: 2,000 Oregonians Must Switch Plans; Georgia Medicaid Applicants Still In Limbo

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:32

Media outlets cover exchange and Medicaid developments in Oregon, Georgia and Florida.

Nonprofit Hospitals' Financial Woes Detailed In Report By Moody's

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:32

Income for these hospitals declines as the government and insurers change the way they pay them.

First Edition: August 27, 2014

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:25

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about Kevin Counihan, the person who take on the challenge of running healthcare.gov.