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New Jersey Town Trims Hours Because of Health Care Law

A New Jersey town has cut hours for some part-time employees to avoid providing health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act. Middletown Township made the adjustment for 25 workers to prevent a $775,000 annual increase in health insurance costs. …

Missouri Insurance Department Begins Testing for Navigator Licensing

The Missouri Department of Insurance has released testing information for individuals applying for a license as a navigator. The testing is in compliance with Senate Bill 262. Individuals applying for a license as a navigator will be required to pass …

Businesses Seek Cure for Health Care Cost Surge

A year ago, Teresa Hartnett was on the verge of expanding her small business. The company had hit $1 million in sales, and requests from clients were flowing in. She planned to transition from nearly 30 freelancers to a full-time …

Landrieu: Louisiana Dragging Its Feet on Health Revamp

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said that the resistance of Republican state leaders to the Affordable Care Act was “hurting people” by making it more difficult to carry out the insurance changes required by the federal health care law. …

Advocates Question Ohio Health ‘Navigators’ Rules

An Ohio legislative panel has cleared new state rules for professionals guiding people through the insurance marketplaces created by the federal health care law, despite concerns from some consumer groups that the regulations create confusion. The rules stem from a …

U.S. Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Oklahoma Healthcare Reform Lawsuit

A federal judge has denied most of the federal government’s motion to dismiss Oklahoma’s legal challenge to implementation of the new federal healthcare law. In a 27-page decision, U.S. District Judge Ronald White of Muskogee rejected assertions by government lawyers …

Survey: Healthcare Reform Driving Demand for Provider Excess Insurance

Evolving reimbursement models for healthcare providers are fueling a surge in demand for provider excess insurance with industry experts forecasting a jump in premiums of 15-30 percent in 2013, according to a ReSource Intermediaries survey. Traditional fee-for-service contracts that reward …

Allied World Bermuda Launches Liability Coverage for ACOs

Allied World Bermuda has launched a new accountable care organization (ACOs) liability product for Bermuda-based clients. The product provides coverage for ACOs – newly emerging healthcare organizations characterized by a payment and care delivery model that ties provider reimbursements to …

Vermont Rebuts U.S. House Panel on Health Exchange

The state of Vermont is telling a U.S. House panel that it has every right to set up a state health insurance marketplace and require individuals and small businesses to purchase coverage through it. State officials wrote to the U.S. …

New York Health Exchange Lowering Some Consumer Premiums 50%

Health insurance premiums will drop by about 50 percent on average for consumers in New York who buy new plans through a state-run marketplace created by the U.S. Affordable Care Act. The state approved plans to be sold by 17 …