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SEATTLE – When King County, Washington, launched its employee wellness program seven years ago, its motive was clear. “We were being eaten alive by runaway medical costs,” says the county’s top executive Dow Constantine.  By all accounts, the...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Christine Vestal, Stateline | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Two U.S. courts of appeals reached different decisions regarding the issue of whether the health law's subsidies can be used by consumers shopping for health coverage on the federal exchange, because their states opted against setting up their own online...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The New York Times: An Ominous Health Care Ruling Millions of low- and moderate-income people who signed up for health insurance with the help of federal tax-credit subsidies could find themselves without coverage or facing big premium bills if a destructive...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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States are pondering their places in the health law's federal- or state-based health insurance exchanges after a pair of contradictory appeals court rulings Tuesday threw up in the air if states that use the federal exchange can offer subsidies to their...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Political analysts say this week’s court decisions on the legality of tax subsidies for those obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act may not have a broad impact on this fall’s midterm elections. The decisions sent a mixed legal message,...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Mary Agnes Carey, Julie Rovner | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Three consumer advocacy groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday accusing Tennessee officials of adopting policies that are depriving thousands of people of Medicaid coverage “to score political points.” The suit was filed several weeks after...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Phil Galewitz | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Obama administration said Tuesday it will create a new option for certain religious nonprofits that object to the health law's contraception mandate and which does not entail submitting a form that they say also violates their religious beliefs....
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Members of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs indicated Tuesday they would likely endorse Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs. A full Senate vote could come as early as next week. The...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Federal investigators, working undercover for the Government Accountability Office, said they had been able to obtain subsidized health insurance under the health law using fictitious identities and false documents. The administration said it was working...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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News outlets offer consumer impact insight over Tuesday's rulings on the health law's subsidies to buy health insurance on the federal and state marketplaces. McClatchy: Confused About the Health Care Rulings? Contrary rulings Tuesday on a key element...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Today's headlines include coverage and analysis of yesterday's conflicting legal decisions regarding the health law.   Kaiser Health News: Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of Subsidies For Affordable Care Act Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Rovner...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ProPublica reports that the once problem-plagued federal exchange handled an estimated 960,000 "834" forms between April 19 and July 15.  ProPublica/NPR: Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends For months, journalists and politicians...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The suit claims that the state's decision to require residents to apply through the health law marketplace slowed down enrollment. In other Medicaid news, The Associated Press examines problems in Oregon caused by the rush of enrollment. Modern Healthcare:...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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But Republicans saw it as evidence of more problems with the health overhaul. Politico: GAO: Too Early To Draw Obamacare Fraud Conclusions It’s too early to draw conclusions about fraud in the Obamacare marketplaces, a congressional investigator said...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Path Of Greatest Resistance?" By Nate Beeler. Meanwhile, here's today's haiku: GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME? The best physicians seek recertification to improve their care....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Sales of the new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi reached $3.5 billion in the second quarter, putting it on track to become one of the world's best-selling medicines and intensifying concerns about its costs. Two advocacy groups and a Democratic lawmaker demanded...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal: Fast-Tracking ObamaCare To The Supreme Court Liberals are telling themselves that the latest ObamaCare legal challenge won't amount to much, although more nervously after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The study, done by Harvard researchers and published by the New England Journal of Medicine, was based on Gallup polling and data from the Department of Health and Human Services. It also estimated that the uninsured rate declined by 5.2 percentage...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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According to a Brookings Institution report, the number of people with less than a bachelor's degree working in 10 specific health care occupations increased from 46 percent to 39 percent between 2000 to 2011.  USA Today: Health Care Jobs Lift...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The proposal calls for melding a range of safety net programs -- from food stamps to housing vouchers -- into a single grant offered to states, which would come with strict accountability standards. The proposal, which does not include Medicaid, is part...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from Virginia, New York, Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Maryland and North Carolina. The Washington Post: Virginia Psychiatric-Bed Registry Does Not Work As Intended, Lawmakers Told A four-month-old psychiatric-bed...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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News outlets analyze this week's conflicting appeals courts' decisions regarding a key part of the health law, including the impact the ultimate outcome of the cases could have on coverage, politics and the marketplace.    The New York Times: Court...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell named Leslie Dach, a former Wal-Mart vice president, to be a senior adviser as part of Burwell's effort to head off difficulties in the upcoming health law enrollment period.   Politico:...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The refunds are required under the health law when insurers spend less than 80 to 85 percent of health care premiums for medical care. Florida consumers will receive the biggest rebates, with $41.7 million returned, according to government data. Reuters: U.S....
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Today's headlines include more analysis of this week's conflicting appeals courts' decisions regarding a key part of the health law.   Kaiser Health News: New Health Law Court Decisions Could Have Limited Political Impact Kaiser Health News staff...
From: Kaiser Health News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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News outlets report that providers and insurers worry the two appellate court decisions could undermine the stability of the newly expanded health insurance markets. Meanwhile, governors in those states that opted not to set up their own marketplaces may...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from California, Colorado, Maryland, Kansas, Missouri, Washington state and Minnesota. Kaiser Health News: California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle But this is no church service, and nurses are not here...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "No Bones About It?" By Rex May. Meanwhile, here's today's haiku: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?  Subsidies are out? So rather than consumers, ACA needs help. - Beau Carter If you...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A CNN poll finds that more than half the public says the health law helped their families or others, but fewer than one in five say they have personally benefited. Meanwhile, election-year politics in Ohio may lead to the release of 2015 premiums on...
From: Kaiser Health News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Going to a nurses union meeting is a little bit like going to an evangelical church service. Contract talks begin next week on new four-year contract. "We all have to stand up, and it's a struggle," says Veronica Cambra, a nurse reporting a grievance...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: April Dembosy, KQED | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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On Tuesday two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on a subject that’s important to millions of people:  the availability of subsidies to help purchase coverage under the health-care law.  KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey answers some frequently...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Mary Agnes Carey | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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In what could be a major blow to the Affordable Care Act, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday that subsidies may not be offered in the federal health exchange. The decision overturned a lower court ruling. You...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A selection of health policy stories from Hawaii, California, Virginia, Kansas and Maryland.  The Associated Press: Health Officials Crack Down On Medicaid Marketing [Florida] health officials are taking a cue from past problems and are banning health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is challenging the requirement that members of Congress and their staffs get government-subsidized health care through the law's online marketplaces, but U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Wisconsin says Johnson and his...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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News outlets report that consumer frustration with health law plans' limited choice of doctors and hospitals is emerging in a number of areas.   Politico: Obamacare: Anger Over Narrow Networks Anger over limited choice of doctors and hospitals in Obamacare...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Brace Yourself?" by Clay Bennett. Meanwhile, here's today's haiku: DECISIONS, DECISIONS Johnson suit ruling - Does this leave the House speaker sitting or standing? -Anonymous ...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The board directing the troubled Oregon health exchange is meeting this week to begin making recommendations about next steps and the future. In addition, Washington's health benefit exchange faces challenges of its own.    The Oregonian: Cover...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The Washington Post: The Wealth Gap Is Growing, But Poor Women See One Improvement: Healthier Newborns Something extraordinary is happening to poor pregnant women such as Verret: They’re giving birth to healthier babies. While other economic and health...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation examines seniors' costs from 2000 to 2010. Also, another story focuses on a new Medicare effort to find ways to exempt beneficiaries from the requirement that they be in the hospital for three days before...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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In other news regarding medical practice, the federal database detailing payments to doctors from the drug and device industries is plagued by error messages.    The Wall Street Journal: Doctors Upset Over Skill Reviews The medical community is embroiled...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal: Heading Off The Entitlement Meltdown Each day, 10,000 baby boomers retire and begin receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits. And while five workers supported the benefits of each retiree in 1960, there will be only two...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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This latest warning is the Food and Drug Administration's third in 15 months.   The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot: FDA Spars With Recalcitrant Compounding Pharmacy, Again For the third time in 15 months, the FDA is warning health care providers...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the Senate will accept some offset on the cost of the package, a demand from the House. But the negotiations still have other issues to resolve. Meanwhile, the nominee to lead the agency prepares to testify before the...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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News reports highlight how health policy issues -- and the health law in particular -- are playing in these races.   The Associated Press: GOP Seeks Jolt To Senate Race Against Dem Franken Mike McFadden leaned his sturdy frame over the front counter...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Today's headlines include a report about how anger over narrow networks is bubbling up. Kaiser Health News: Medicare Testing Payment Options That Could End Observation Care Penalties Reporting for Kaiser Health News, Susan Jaffe writes: “Medicare officials...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don't may have to pay more of the cost of their medical services, and in...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Michelle Andrews | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to a hospital for at least three...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Susan Jaffe | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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