California Healthline: CMS Proposes Rules To Increase Oversight of Exchange Health Plans

On Friday, CMS released a set of proposed rules that would bolster standards for health insurers participating in the Affordable Care Act’s federal health insurance exchange, following widespread complaints from consumers, Modern Healthcare reports (Modern Healthcare, 3/15). Under the proposed rules, CMS would step up its oversight of health plan networks offered through plans sold on the federal exchanges … Continue reading

Politico: State health exchanges are showing mixed results

Problems have ranged from error codes to difficulties reconciling state tax records. | AP Photo By PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM | 11/5/13 5:03 AM EST On the Obamacare racetrack, Washington, Kentucky and New York are leading the pack. Relatively free of the technical problems that have plagued the federally run insurance exchanges — but still encumbered by some … Continue reading

LA Times: Lack of enrollment workers hampers insurance exchange sign-ups

Delays in training enrollment counselors and insurance agents are damping health policy sales. Covered California says it’s moving swiftly to address shortcomings. Helena Ruffin, a health insurance agent in Venice, put Covered California’s logo on her car to promote the exchange. Ruffin said she can’t get her agent log-in to work for the state’s enrollment … Continue reading

Sacramento Bee: California insurance exchange reports 16K finalized applications

The head of California’s health insurance marketplace announced Tuesday that 16,311 households completed applications in the first week of enrollment. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said the response Oct. 1-5 underscores the demand for health insurance in the state. Some 27,305 households have partially completed applications. In addition, more than 430 small businesses have signed up. Actual … Continue reading

California Healthline: Some Exchange Provider Rates Up in Air

by David Gorn California and other states this week opened up enrollment in their health benefit exchanges for the first time. Demand was high — to the point where the main criticism about this week’s kick-off centered on information-capacity issues, as many people had to wait on phone lines for help. In California, which was first … Continue reading

California Healthline: Federal Exchanges Face Medicaid Applications Glitch

With less than one week before the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges are scheduled to open for enrollment, CMS has acknowledged that the federally run marketplaces will not be able to electronically transfer Medicaid applications to states when U.S. residents begin signing up for health coverage on Oct. 1, the Wall Street Journal reports. Although many uninsured … Continue reading

California Healthline: Hearing Will Target Launch of Exchange

by David Gorn  The Assembly Committee on Health today will convene a hearing on the readiness of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, which is set to launch its first enrollment period next week. Years of planning have gone into setting up the exchange, and its enrollment season runs from Oct. 1 through Apr. 1, … Continue reading

LA Times: Insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market

Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Patients at the Peekskill center, which may or may not get to keep a $4.5 million federal grant.

  Major insurers have limited the number of doctors and hospitals available in California’s new health insurance market. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, for example, is available only on two lower-priced Health Net plans in the state-run market. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times) By Chad Terhune  The doctor can’t see you now. Consumers may hear that a … Continue reading

NY Times: U.S. Unveils Health Care Web Site and Call Center

By ROBERT PEAR Published: June 24, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced new steps to expand coverage under the federal health care law on Monday, less than a week after the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, found that the federal government and many states were “behind schedule” in setting up marketplaces … Continue reading

California Healthline: Experts Predict Initial ‘Glitches’ in Health Plan Exchange Websites

Technology experts say they expect some initial “glitches” when the health insurance exchange websites being created under the Affordable Care Act open for enrollment on Oct. 1, the Wall Street Journal reports. Under the ACA, states by January 2014 must create online health insurance exchanges to provide coverage options for individuals and small businesses. Details of Expected … Continue reading

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