Affordable Care Act News

Audit Planned of Troubled Vermont Health Connect

The Vermont state auditor’s office will be doing an audit of the actions taken to fix the state’s troubled online health insurance marketplace. Auditor Doug Hoffer sent a letter to state officials last week. The state announced earlier this month …

400,000 Mass. Residents Must Reapply for Health Coverage

Massachusetts is launching a major effort to reach out to almost 400,000 residents who must reapply for health insurance because they were enrolled in temporary plans after the state’s health care marketplace website crashed last year. State officials fear that …

Arkansas Board Delays Health Insurance Exchange Grant Request

An Arkansas board is delaying its application for funding to establish a state-run health insurance exchange. The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board, created by a law passed by state legislators last year, was expected to submit a request this week for …

Newly Released Documents Highlight Oklahoma Health Exchange Politics

Gov. Mary Fallin on Aug. 11 released 31 documents that her administration previously withheld from news media involving her administration’s decision to reject a state health insurance exchange under the federal health care law. The emails suggest an administration that …

Massachusetts Will Keep State-Based Health Website

Massachusetts officials overseeing the state’s hobbled health care exchange decided last Friday to stick with new software designed to upgrade the website rather than switching over to the federal government’s health insurance market. For the past several months the state …

Arkansas Sees Sharpest Drop in Uninsured Rate in the Nation

A Gallup report released on Aug. 5 shows that Arkansas outpaced the rest of the country in reducing the rate of residents without health insurance during the first six months of 2014, the Arkansas governor’s office reported. Arkansas’s uninsured rate …

Poll: Only Kansas Sees Big Jump in Those Without Health Insurance

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas is the only state in the nation to see a significant increase in its uninsured rate for health coverage this year, while states that adopted parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the …

Florida Firm Adding Jobs at Health Insurance Call Center in Texas

A Florida call center company plans to add about 400 jobs in Central Texas to assist people seeking federal health insurance coverage. C3/CustomerContactChannels currently employs about 600 workers in McGregor, near Waco. Officials with Plantation, Fla.-based C3 announced the additional …

Report: Few Iowans Acknowledge Smoking on Insurance Applications

Surveys show about 20 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but a much smaller percentage acknowledged their habit when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20 percent …

20K Maine Residents to Get Health Insurance Premium Rebates

Nearly 20,000 Maine customers of health insurer Aetna are getting premium rebates because a provision in the Affordable Care Act limits what insurance companies can spend on administrative costs. The rebates for 2013 service, totaling more than $1.8 million, will …