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Survey: More Than 96% in Massachusetts Have Health Insurance

Massachusetts continues to the lead the nation in health care with more than 96 percent of residents reporting coverage despite lingering cost barriers. That’s according to a survey by The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created by a 2012 …

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 …

Vermont Health Chief: Exchange Cost Pushes $200M

As Vermont’s health care reform chief was about to address lawmakers Tuesday on Vermont’s trouble-plagued health insurance exchange, his computer presentation couldn’t get started. “Once again, we’re talking about Vermont Health Connect, so we’re having technical issues,” joked Lawrence Miller, …

Pennsylvania College Loses Obamacare Contraceptive Challenge

The Obama administration won a reversal of a court ruling that would have shielded a Christian college in Pennsylvania from a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring religious nonprofits to indirectly facilitate contraceptive coverage even if they oppose the …

Massachusetts Officials: Revamped Healthcare Website Working as Hoped

Nearly 52,000 individuals in Massachusetts have been found eligible for insurance plans that comply with the federal Affordable Care Act during the first seven days of the open enrollment period for 2015. Of those, about 24,000 were immediately enrolled in …

Louisiana Nonprofits: Health Insurance Misinformation a Problem

Nonprofit groups preparing to help people in Louisiana sign up for insurance under the federal health care law say they have had to battle misinformation and misconceptions about the program as they prepared for the Nov. 15 opening of the …

Under Pressure, Louisiana Lowers Health Insurance Costs for State Workers

Under pressure from lawmakers and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration announced it will lessen the impact of upcoming changes for the state worker health insurance program. Increases in out-of-pocket costs and deductibles that had been planned for retirees effective March …

Arkansas Hospital Survey: More Patients Have Insurance

A survey of Arkansas hospitals found the number of patients without insurance was down during the first half of 2014 and the state’s expansion of the Medicaid program under the “private option” is said to be the reason. The Arkansas …

Mass. Health Insurers Offer Online Tools to Compare Medical Procedure Prices

Massachusetts health insurers have recently begun providing online cost-estimator tools that allow consumers to compare prices of medical procedures by various health care providers, as required by a transparency provision in the state’s 2012 healthcare cost containment law. In addition, …

Best Report: Spain’s Insurance Market Remains Profitable

As Spain’s economy shows signs of improvement, there are indications that the decline in the country’s non-life insurance market has slowed in 2014, aided by growth in the health insurance sector, according to a new A.M. Best special report. This …