SCOTUS to Review Contraceptive Services Mandate

The fate of another Obamacare provision may well rest in the hands of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, just as it has three times in the past when he was the deciding vote on the legality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time the Obamacare provision under review is the workaround rule […]

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Budget Deal Repeals Health Insurance Auto-Enroll

As part of the budget package that passed the Senate and went to the president on Friday, the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires companies with 200 or more employees to auto-enroll everyone into health insurance was repealed. The provision, however, was yet to be enforced as a final implementing rule was […]

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Study Finds 15 Percent of Obamacare Plans Lack Specialist Coverage

To keep premiums — and expenses — low, health insurance companies rely on what are called “narrow networks” of providers, limiting the consumer’s options. Now the Harvard School of Public Health has found that 15 percent of the 135 silver plans its researchers studied did not include a single in-network specialist for at least one […]

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Obamacare Premiums to Rise for 2016 Coverage

In a report not yet fully released, the Obama administration on Monday conceded that health care premiums for 2016 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will rise pretty much across the board. For instance, the premium for the midrange “silver plan” will rise on average 7.5 percent, while for 60 percent of all enrollees, covering […]

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HHS Rolls Out HealthCare.gov 3.0

The initial version of HealthCare.gov was so defective, it slowed and hindered the launch of Obamacare in 2013. Now, several iterations and glitch fixes later, today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching a more user-friendly version, dubbed 3.0 by reporters attending Friday’s preview. The version available today still lacks features that HHS promises […]

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Judge Lets Obamacare Ruling Stand

The Obama administration sought an immediate appeal of a judge’s ruling letting a lawsuit initiated by the House of Representatives about Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to go forward, but was rebuffed this week when U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled: “Suffice it to say, the court is not convinced that it erred” [in its […]

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HHS Sees 10 Million Active on Obamacare Plans at End of 2015

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that she expects 10 million individuals to be enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and paying their premiums –- so-called effectuated coverage -– at the close of 2016. As part of that goal, HHS believes more than 1 out of every 4 […]

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PACE Act Rescinds New Obamacare Definition of Small Group

Under terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the official definition of small group for health insurance purposes was set to rise from 50 to 100 employees in 2016, but a bipartisan effort by Congress — along with a president’s signature — has repealed that provision. The vote for the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees […]

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CMS and ONC Release Final Rules for Electronic Health Records

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) thave released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to be able to […]

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PPACA Opens to Experimentation in 2017, Maybe…

Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) allows states to obtain waivers to tinker with provisions of Obamacare beginning in 2017. Depending on how much leeway the federal government will allow, states could drop the individual mandate or employer shared responsibility provision, or as Vermont unsuccessfully tried to do, establish a […]

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