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Mass. to Dump Website Contractor Over Troubled Online Health Exchange

Massachusetts plans on cutting ties with the contractor for its hobbled health care insurance website. The recommendation was made Monday by Sarah Iselin, who was hired by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to oversee a fix for the website problems that …

Massachusetts Health Care Officials Look to Other States for Website Fixes

Massachusetts health care officials struggling to repair the state’s hobbled website are looking at the possibility of leasing or buying technology from states with functioning insurance sites. Massachusetts Health Connector officials said last Friday that looking for solutions from other …

N.H. Panel Told Requiring Health Plan Forums Would Be Tricky

A bill aimed at providing New Hampshire residents more information about health plans offered under the federal health care overhaul law would be difficult to implement, lawmakers, consumer advocates and insurance officials said Tuesday. The measure before the Senate Commerce …

In Mass., Website Woes, Technical Roadblocks Frustrate Health Care Push

Massachusetts has long held a special status in the debate about President Obama’s health care law. It was a 2006 Massachusetts law that provided the inspiration for the 2010 national law, and Massachusetts already had near-universal coverage before the federal …

Maryland Senate Approves Bill to Remedy Health Exchange Problems

The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to provide health insurance for people who tried to enroll online in the state’s health exchange, but couldn’t due to computer problems. The Senate voted 38-8 for the emergency measure Tuesday. The emergency …

Connecticut’s Access Health CT Enrolled 86,000 Since October

Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, says it has so far enrolled 86,000 people in private health care plans and Medicaid since open enrollment began in October. Chief Executive Kevin Counihan said Thursday the exchange is adding 500 to …

Circle These Dates: Health Law’s Key Tests in 2014

The new year brings the big test of President Barack Obama’s beleaguered health care law: Will it work? The heart of the law springs to life Wednesday, after nearly four years of political turmoil and three months of enrollment chaos. …

Pennsylvania Residents See Some Upgrades on Health Website

The federal government’s beleaguered health insurance website is better than it was, but still far from flawless, according to Pennsylvanians who are trying to help other residents use it to obtain health coverage. In Harrisburg, Roberta Vann, a certified application …

Connecticut to Forgo Obama’s Plan for Canceled Health Insurance Policies

The state of Connecticut will not abide by President Barack Obama’s request that states allow insurance companies to continue offering health plans that don’t meet minimum coverage levels to people who have received cancellation notices. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy …

Vermont Warns People of Health Insurance Phone Scams

The state of Vermont is warning people to beware of phone scams from callers claiming to be selling health insurance in order to obtain personal information. Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Susan L. Donegan says her department has received reports …