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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 …

Iowa Health Insurance Exchange Price Info Delayed

Iowa’s insurance commissioner says he needs a commitment from a national insurer before he can release pricing information on policies to be sold on the state’s new health insurance exchange. The prices were scheduled to be released next week, but …

Insurance Rates Released by Wisconsin Governor Questioned

Health care advocates called into question information released by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration showing dramatic rate increases for insurance plans to be sold through the new marketplace created under the federal health care law. The marketplaces, or exchanges, will …