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Kaiser Family Foundation Offering Video Series on Health Insurance Marketplaces

I have been a fan of the Kaiser Family Foundation for years. Their coverage of healthcare issues in America is comprehensive, objective, and insightful. Most recently, they have put together a series of 1 to 3 minute daily videos explaining the tenets of the online health insurance marketplaces which will commence on October 1st. Whether they are e...

FDA Approves Alere's Moderate Complexity Rapid Diagnostic Test for HIV-1 and HIV-2

Source: Alere Press Release; August 9, 2013 Alere announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its DetermineTM HIV-1 and HIV-2 Ag/Ab Combo rapid diagnostic test. The company reports that this is the first FDA approved point-of-care test (POCT) that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 an...

HHS Secretary Visits Florida 3 Times in The Same Week Promoting Health Insurance Marketplaces

Florida has some 3.8 million reported uninsured, ground zero for implementation of the ACA's health insurance marketplaces in just a few days. Florida is critical to the success of HIX strategy as the political infrastructure of the state, led by Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican led legislature, has, from the very start opposed installment of the...

An Unlikely Sales Force for Health Inurance Marketplaces - Your Hospital

There has been much written and speculated as to the participation from insurance carriers, brokers, and navigators come October 1st. No one has more stake in the game this fall than hospitals. Some hospital administrators see a rare opportunity to minimize if not eliminate a historically ugly line item on their balance sheet, "bad debt." Or, care ...

October 1, 2013 - Will it Come and Go With a Bang or A Whimper?

As the country's expectations or skepticism grows as we head towards the October 1 deadline, one has to ponder what we will learn by the end of that day. Will the health insurance marketplaces be judged on initial numbers or will Americans be in it for the long haul? The Obama administration seems to be easing its rhetoric admitting there will be "...

National Alliance of Health CO-OPs Ready to Do Business October 1st Thanks to ACA

One of the little known or discussed provisions of the Affordable Care Act was the creation and funding of what is known as health co-ops. Originally, each state was intended to establish one but Congress pulled the funding plug, yet, roughly 24 states now have one. Their design was to go head-to-head with the biggest carriers like Blue Cross, Aetn...

Health Insurance Marketplace Data Hub Reported to be Ready to Go

The over 50 government contractors tasked with completing the HIX data hub reported yesterday in Washington that they will be ready to go by October 1st even though they admitted that testing was still being done, according to The Washington Post. Earlier this summer, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) reported progess was lagging and it was ve...

California Reports Health Insurance Marketplace Website is Tested and Ready

Covered California, according to state administrators has fully field tested its online Website which, come October 1st is anticipated to enroll 1.4 million people in 2014. This puts to rest, at least for now, comments and concerns about the readiness of the state run insurance marketplace's online component which will be used to enroll in health i...

Washington State HIX Call Center Logs 900 Calls on First Day

Calls began as early as 7:30 AM on Tuesday when Washington state opened its health insurance marketplace call-center.There was an overwhelming trend in that the majority of callers had eligibility and enrollment questions. Using an online cost estimate calculator available at www.wahealthplanfinder.org residents seemed to be pleasantly surprised to...

HIX Final Rule Published - Covers Payment Details and Describes Appeals

Late Wednesday night CMS released to the public the so called final-rule for health insurance marketplaces that "sets forth standards for agent and broker participation in government-facilitated insurance markeatplaces. It also requires qualified health plans that issue exchange products "to accept a variety of payment methods." This iteration is ...

Call Centers to Play Large Part in Online Health Insurance Marketplaces

There has been much focus, and rightly so, on the health IT infrastructure and the data-hub being constructed to connect state insurance marketplaces with federal agencies for the process of vetting eligibility and enrollment starting October 1. But, some states are realizing that quite possibly, the way to successfully signing up people without he...

RAND Study Points to Lower HIX Premiums Than Critics Predicted

Last year, the Society of Actuaries published their predictions for an anticipated 32% increase in health insurance premiums as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act. This caused a landslide of criticism and outcry from opponents and supporters of healthcare reform. RAND Corporation just looked at 10 states for 2016's anticipated rise or fall ...

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