Tag Archive: health care

  • 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, … »

  • Federal Court to Hear Oklahoma Attorney General’s Challenge to IRS Health Rule

    | June 18, 2013 | Add a comment

    With Internal Revenue Service (IRS) controversies continuing to make headlines, the agency faces a lesser known, but critical test in the days to come. On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma will hear the federal government’s motion to dismiss Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s legal challenge … »

  • Nevada Expands Volunteer Care Opportunities; Missouri Awaits Governor’s Signature

    | June 11, 2013 | Add a comment

    Underinsured and unable to afford their deductible, Marty Tankersley and his family drove 200 miles to receive care at Remote Area Medical’s (RAM) temporary free health clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee. With no other options available to them, Marty and his family were able to receive quality health care at no … »

  • New Report: Health Insurers Predict Sharp Increase in Premiums

    | May 24, 2013 | Add a comment

    When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became law, supporters claimed it would lower costs for families and businesses. Over three years later, evidence to the contrary abounds. In a report released last week by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, “The Looming Premium Rate Shock,” major … »

  • Freeing Health Professionals to Provide Free Care

    | May 8, 2013 | Add a comment

    It should be no surprise that dedicated health care professionals across the country devote countless hours to serving patients, and, in many cases, do so free of charge or regardless of ability to pay. What is surprising is that many are able and willing to do even more but are … »