Tag Archive: health care

  • Nevada Drops Problematic Health Exchange Website

    | May 28, 2014 | Add a comment

    Following the lead of Maryland, Oregon, and, most recently, Massachusetts, Nevada became the fourth state last week to drop its troubled health exchange website after facing serious technological issues and significantly missing the mark on enrollment predictions. Instead of the current enrollment system, Nevada’s Silver State Health Insurance Board unanimously … »

  • NBER Report: Medicaid Expansion Reduces Incentives to Work

    | May 15, 2014 | Add a comment

    A working paper released this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that public insurance programs reduce incentives to work for low-income childless adults—precisely the population Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act targets. The paper comes on the heels of the widely-cited February 2014 Congressional Budget Office … »

  • Massachusetts Plans to Replace Troubled Health Insurance Exchange

    | May 8, 2014 | Add a comment

    On the heels of Oregon’s decision to drop its dysfunctional health insurance site, Massachusetts officials announced plans to follow suit on Monday. Unlike Oregon, however, Massachusetts will be taking a different replacement route—instead of using HealthCare.gov to sign up enrollees, Massachusetts will attempt to build a new health marketplace site … »

  • Oregon’s $300 Million Exchange to be Transferred to Feds

    and | April 25, 2014 | Add a comment

    Earlier today, Oregon became the first state-run health exchange to adopt the federal HealthCare.gov exchange portal. After receiving more than $300 million in federal grants, the state struggled to sign up private insurance enrollees through their own online portal, Cover Oregon. Due to these difficulties and the projected costs of … »

  • State-based exchanges face scrutiny, questions of mismanagement

    | April 9, 2014 | Add a comment

    Officials from five states came under congressional scrutiny last week for various failures in creating state-based health insurance exchanges, despite each state accepting and spending hundreds of millions of dollars in federal establishment grants. Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon each had top officials present for a House Committee on … »

  • Sean Riley Testimony on Exchanges and Health Reform

    | March 26, 2014 | Add a comment

    On March 7, 2014, Health and Humans Services Task Force Director Sean Riley was asked to testify in front of the Maryland Health and Government Operations Committee regarding HB 169 and HB 1229. His full written testimony can be found below, Mister Chair, members of the committee, thank you for … »

  • Exchange Lawsuits Move Forward

    and | October 23, 2013 | Add a comment

    A lawsuit challenging premium subsidies in federal exchanges survived a procedural hurdle Tuesday, with U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman rejecting the federal government’s motion to dismiss and promising a ruling by February 15th. The case, Halbig v. Sebelius, is one of four outstanding lawsuits challenging an IRS rule allowing … »

  • As Government Shuts Down, Exchanges “Open”

    and | October 2, 2013 | Add a comment

    Yesterday’s government shutdown coincides with the much anticipated debut of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance exchanges. But while consumers across the country were immediately met with error messages blocking enrollment, the shaky start had little do with the budget standoff. Around midnight, the Office of Management and Budget … »

  • Privacy Concerns High as States Brace for Oct. 1st Exchange Enrollment

    and | September 25, 2013 | Add a comment

    An employee for Minnesota’s new health exchange accidentally sent 2,400 Social Security numbers to an insurance broker earlier this month, underscoring privacy concerns with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and raising additional questions as to the readiness of health insurance exchanges—set to go live October 1st. The first three years … »

  • Affordable Care Act Problems Multiply Part I: Logistical Concerns

    | July 24, 2013 | Add a comment

    By: Tony Glosson With only 69 days until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges open for enrollment, Obama administration officials face major logistical and structural challenges. This two-part blog series details some of the major issues with ACA implementation. This post, Part I of the series, highlights various logistical problems, … »