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Vermont Health Connect Website Temporarily Shut Down

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state is temporarily shutting down the Vermont Health Connect website so it can be fixed before the start of the next enrollment period in November. Shumlin and other state officials said at a Tuesday …

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 …

Health Care Spending in Massachusetts Rising Faster Than Inflation

A new report says health care spending in Massachusetts continues to grow faster than the rate of inflation. The report is from the Center for Health Information and Analysis, created under Massachusetts state law in 2012 to monitor health care …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

More Than 10 Million Adults Gain Health Coverage Since Obamacare Began

An estimated 10.3 million American adults have gained health coverage since Obamacare enrollment began last October, with the biggest gains among young adults and Hispanics, according to a study published this week. The findings by researchers from the Harvard School …

Massachusetts Does Well in New Kids Count Report

Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th …