Health Care Reform News

Massachusetts Law That Became Model for Affordable Care Act Turns 10

Massachusetts is marking the tenth anniversary of a landmark health care law that later served as a model for the federal Affordable Care Act. Then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney was joined by Democratic leaders including the late Sen. Edward Kennedy when …

New York Health Exchange to Enroll 470K in New Low-Cost Option

New York state’s health exchange expects to enroll more than 470,000 New Yorkers in its new low-cost option for coverage this year. Testifying at an Assembly hearing last week, exchange Executive Director Donna Frescatore said New York chose to participate …

2.8M Enroll in New York’s Health Exchange

The New York Health Exchange says more than 2.8 million people have signed up for Medicaid and low-cost insurance through its 2016 open enrollment that ended Jan. 31. According to state health officials, federal data show the number of uninsured …

17.6 Million Gained Health Insurance Through Law: Report

The U.S. national healthcare reform law has extended health insurance coverage to 17.6 million Americans, according to a new government report on Tuesday, up from its previous estimate of 16.4 million. The number of uninsured has decreased because of changes …

N.H. Seeks to Update Insurance Rules for Health Care Provider Networks

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is moving forward with changing its rules for health care provider networks, but some insurance companies aren’t yet sold on a key part of the proposed approach. Department officials say the rules are ripe for …

Supreme Court Rejects Maine’s Obamacare Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid by Maine to escape one requirement of Obamacare, as the justices prepare to rule on a more far-reaching challenge that might unravel the health-care law. The justices Monday left intact a federal appeals …

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 …