Health Care Reform News

Audit: Maryland Misallocated $28.4M for Health Exchange

Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit released on March 27. The audit marked the first time the inspector general of the Department …

Mass. Gov. Takes Issue With Report Pegging ACA Costs at $1B

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. The Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank, said in a report …

Alcoa, Others, Moving Some Retirees to Exchanges for Health Insurance

Alcoa Inc. is sending its white-collar retirees to a private exchange to shop for health insurance as the aluminum maker joins the growing ranks of large companies looking for ways to control benefit costs. The move by Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Alcoa …

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 …

Some NYC Hospitals Not Taking New Health Plans

New Yorkers buying a health plan on the state’s new insurance exchange should read the fine print if they’re interested in getting care at some of the city’s top hospitals. Not all are participating in the new plans created by …

Study: 544K Ohioans, 127K Iowans Can Get Insurance Subsidy

A new study says about 544,000 Ohioans and 127,000 Iowans will be eligible for tax credits under the federal health care law if they purchase coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces. The state-by-state analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation …

Louisiana Commissioner: 93K Face Canceled Policies

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s office says nearly 93,000 people in Louisiana won’t be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul. Donelon asked insurance companies doing business in Louisiana for a tally of how many …

North Dakota Insurance Dept. Seeks Policy Cancellation Info

The North Dakota Insurance Department wants health insurance companies to disclose the number of people whose policies will be canceled under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Individual health insurance policies are being canceled for millions of people nationwide who …

Confusion Still Major Hurdle in Florida for New Health Care Law

As federal health officials work around the clock to fix technology glitches plaguing the website where U.S. citizens can obtain health insurance under the new federal law, many Floridians still have little understanding of how the law works. Trained counselors …