Patient Groups Want ACA ‘Discrimination’ Better Defined

A coalition of 279 patient advocacy groups calling itself “I Am (Still) Essential” has called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to better define what is considered discrimination under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “As part of the plan review process for 2015, we thought there would be a better review of […]

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CMS Proposes to Afford Same-Sex Spouses Equal Rights

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule to fold the United States v. Windsor decision on marriage into the two medical programs it oversees by allowing same-sex spouses to participate in and administer “patient rights and services.” “Specifically, we propose to revise certain definitions and patient’s rights provisions, in […]

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CMS Proposes Vast Changes in Obamacare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to improve consumers’ experience in the Health Insurance Marketplace and to ensure their coverage options are affordable and accessible. To establish the new consumer standards for 2016, the proposed rule seeks to implement several Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions on […]

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New HealthCare.Gov Site Unveiled But With Spanish Misspellings

A day after insurers got to navigate through the site, the administration unveiled its revamped HealthCare.Gov insurance portal on Wednesday with versions in both English and Spanish, but with “get ready” misspelled three times in Spanish as preparase instead of the correct spelling, preparese. The incorrect usage appears three times. Open enrollment for year two […]

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Gag Order Placed on Insurers Who Test Revamped HealthCare.Gov Site

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has invited health insurers to test the revamped HealthCare.Gov site today but only if they “acknowledge the confidentiality of this process.” Despite the gag order, which states that the testers “will not use, disclose, describe, post to a public form, or in any way share Test Data […]

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More Than 100,000 Stand to Lose Obamacare Coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has warned again that some 115,000 people will lose the health insurance policies they purchased under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if they don’t submit documents showing their legal right to reside in the United States by the end of the month. “We are committed to keeping […]

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HealthCare.Gov Contractor Gets Six-Month Extension

Declaring that it would be foolish to switch contractors during an open-enrollment period, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended by six months the web technology services contract of Accenture, which was called in to fix the many glitches that plagued the launch of HealthCare.Gov in November 2013. The next open-enrollment period […]

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Pennsylvania Becomes 27th State to Expand Medicaid

Pennsylvania, where Gov. Tom Corbett has long sought changes in how the federal health care system is run, has finally agreed to expand its Medicaid coverage under terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but will let private insurers run the program for the state with 100 percent federal funding. Pennsylvania thus becomes the 27th […]

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Connecticut Obamacare Chief Named New Czar of HealthCare.Gov

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has named the head of Connecticut's Obamacare program to run HealthCare.gov for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Kevin Counihan will join CMS officially as Marketplace Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  In addition, Lori Lodes has been named the new Director of Communications for CMS. In […]

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Prove-It-Or-Lose-It Notices Sent to Suspect Obamacare Policyholders

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week sent out 310,000 demands to Obamacare policyholders to verify their citizenship/immigration eligibility. The prove-it-or-lose-it notices followed failed previous attempts to obtain verification from the individuals. The HHS set a deadline of Sept. 5, 2014. If no verification of eligibliity is supplied by that time, the […]

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