Medical Billing Blog

Federal Health Exchange Outperforms

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Tue, Jan, 06, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

The Obama administration on Tuesday reported a big increase in new customers signing up for health insurance in Florida, Texas and other states using the federal insurance marketplace.

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SHOP opens to Small Businesses

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Wed, Oct, 29, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

The Obama administration has opened a new health-insurance portal to small businesses in five states after a yearlong delay of the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace for small-employer health plans.

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Modest Premium Hikes, Higher Consumer Costs Likely For Job-Based Plans

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Tue, Oct, 14, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

Fall is enrollment season for many people who get insurance through their workplace. Premium increases for 2015 plans are expected to be modest on average, but the shift toward higher out-of-pocket costs overall for consumers will continue as employers try to keep a lid on their costs and incorporate health law changes.

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CMS Expects Some Bumps in Next Enrollment Period, but Says It Is Better Prepared

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Thu, Sep, 04, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about a new report issued by the General Accounting Office (GAO) on CMS’ management of the website.

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Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: IRS Releases Final Rules

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Mon, Jun, 30, 2014 @ 13:06 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations on the small business health care tax credit under Health Care Reform, which include information on the requirement to purchase health insurance coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace. 

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Survey: Most Buying On Insurance Exchanges Were Uninsured

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Mon, Jun, 23, 2014 @ 07:06 AM

Nearly six in 10 Americans who bought insurance for this year through the health law’s online marketplaces were previously uninsured—most for at least two years, according to a new survey that looks at the experiences of those most affected by the law.

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HHS Report Details ACA Premium Subsidy Use And Cost

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Thu, Jun, 19, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

Federal officials on Wednesday released new data about who enrolled in the federal health marketplace plans for 2014, how much the law’s subsidies helped offset the cost and how many plans people from could choose from, among other details.

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CMS Issues Final Version of 2015 Health Exchange Rule

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Wed, Jun, 04, 2014 @ 07:06 AM

Earlier this month, CMS released the final version of the Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015. This final rule outlines how the healthcare market places will function in 2015. The rule finalizes policies regarding consumer notices, quality reporting and enrollee satisfaction surveys, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), standards for Navigators and other consumer assisters, and policies regarding the premium stabilization programs, among other standards.

Read More and Cobra

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Mon, May, 05, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

The Obama administration on Friday announced updates to model notices informing workers of their eligibility to continue health-care coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or Cobra. The updates make it clear to workers that if they are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage when leaving a job, they may choose to instead purchase coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Update - 8 Million Enrolled under the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Scott Shatzman on Fri, Apr, 18, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

President Obama announced Thursday that eight million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, including what the White House said were a sufficient number of young, healthy adults. The total number of enrollees exceeds by a million the target set by the administration for people to buy insurance through government-run health care exchanges. In particular, the number of young people signing up appears to have surged during the final weeks of enrollment. Speaking at an impromptu news conference, the president described how the law has helped make a difference for ordinary citizens. Along with the eight million enrollments through the exchange, the White House released figures on other aspects of the law. Three million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, five million people enrolled in health plans that meet ACA standards but were sold outside the exchange and 3 million young adults (under the age of 26) were able to stay on their parents’ plan.  

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