Washington Post: Obamacare Round 2: States gear up for start of next enrollment period in November

This year’s enrollment will be half as long, and by now, the most eager participants have already signed up. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)  By Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby October 5 LOS ANGELES — As states gear up for Round 2 of Affordable Care Actenrollment next month, they have their sights set on people like Miles Alva. … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Medicare finances improve partly due to ACA, hospital expenses, trustee report says

Outlook for Social Security, however, remains the same. By Amy Goldstein Medicare’s financial stability has been strengthened by the Affordable Care Act and other forces that have been subduing health-care spending,according to a new official forecast that says the fund covering the program’s hospital costs will remain solvent until 2030 — four years later than … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Federal undercover investigation signs up fake applicants for ACA coverage, subsidies

By Amy Goldstein In undercover tests of the new federal health insurance marketplace, government investigators have been able to procure health plans and federal subsidies for fake applicants with fictitious documents, according to findings that will be disclosed to lawmakers Wednesday. The results of the inquiry by the Government Accountability Office are evidence of still-imperfect work … Continue reading

Washington Post: Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey

BY LENNY BERNSTEIN    There are painful losing streaks that don’t really matter — say, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-game disaster in 1976 and 1977 — and losing streaks that really mean something. This one means something. A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when … Continue reading

Washington Post: Federal health-care subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans

By Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar,  The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance marketplace and has been unable so far to fix the errors, according to internal documents and three people familiar with the situation. The problem means that potentially hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Medicare wants to better coordinate care. Here’s why that could be difficult

BY JASON MILLMAN Aside from expanding coverage, one of Obamacare’s main goals is to better coordinate care, with the idea of lowering costs and producing better health outcomes. A new study hints at challenges that could undermine those efforts. The Affordable Care Act encourages the formation of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, which are provider networks that … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Doctors react to release of Medicare billing records

Melissa Cannarozzi/TWP By Jason Millman and David S. Fallis,  Doctors reacted swiftly and indignantly to Wednesday’s release of government records revealing unprecedented details about Medicare payments to physicians. Many resented being included on a list that showed some doctors billing Medicare for millions of dollars. The top 10 doctors alone received a combined $121.4 million for Medicare Part … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Obama administration reverses proposed cut to Medicare plans

BY JASON MILLMAN Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Medicare has reversed proposed payment cuts to private heath plans in the popular Medicare Advantage program for the second straight year amid strong pushback from health insurers and Capitol Hill. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday, after proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut to private plans, said … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Biden: GOP governors will eventually take Medicaid expansion

BY AARON BLAKE (Susan Walsh/February 2014 file photo/AP) Vice President Biden predicted Friday that Republican governors who have declined the federal Medicaid expansion will eventually be forced to reverse course and take the expansion because of political pressure. Speaking to the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington, Biden criticized the GOP governors who have … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg – Copies of the application for the Health Insurance Marketplace from the Department of Health and Human Services are distributed.  By Amy Goldstein The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. Federal … Continue reading

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