healthcare reform News

R.I. AG Sues Health Insurance Commissioner Over 10% Blue Cross Rate Hike

Rhode Island’s attorney general has sued the state’s health insurance commissioner for allowing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island to hike premiums for some residents 10 percent. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says even though Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Hittner pared …

Delaware Opts Against Setting Up State Health Insurance Exchange

Delaware officials have decided not to develop the state’s own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act and instead will keep the current federal partnership model. Delaware was granted approval in June to develop a state-based health insurance marketplace, …

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont Trying to Recoup Over $500K

Vermont’s largest insurance carrier is trying to recover more than $500,000 in claims for 600 patients who mistakenly received benefits due to a Vermont Health Connect’s technological error. The state’s online health insurance exchange caused backlogs in updating patient information …

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 …

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 …

Texas Governor, State Senator Square Off on Health Exchange Navigator Rules

Texas’ top insurance regulator has found herself in the midst of a battle over rules that govern those who will provide information to consumers about the health insurance exchanges that are a part of the U.S. healthcare reform initiative passed …

Vermont Employers Wrestle With Health Insurance Change

Many Vermont employers are struggling with the decision whether to continue their workers on health insurance or allow them to buy it individually and take advantage of federal tax credits. At a forum Wednesday in Montpelier, some employers said the …

Concerns Raised in Louisiana about Navigating Health Exchange

State lawmakers said they are concerned about a shortage of people helping Louisiana residents sign up for new insurance options available under the federal health care law. The worries came up as the House and Senate insurance committees approved state …

MNsure Employee’s Email Breaches Security

Two reviews are planned of MNsure, the state’s new online health insurance exchange, after an employee accidentally distributed confidential information about more than 2,400 insurance agents. A legislative panel and the legislative auditor said they want more information about the …

How Agents, Brokers Can Help Themselves, Clients with Healthcare Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has accelerated change and confusion in the health insurance marketplace and businesses and individuals are counting on their insurance agents and brokers to help them understand the nitty-gritty of the ACA requirements. For many property/casualty …