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United Healthcare joining New Jersey exchange for 2015

United Healthcare will be offering plans in the New Jersey exchange for 2015, with open enrollment beginning on November 15.  The addition of another insurer might help to lower prices in the Garden State exchange.

June 23, 2014

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in showdown with GOP legislature over Medicaid expansion

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe approved the state budget on Friday, so there will be no government shutdown on July 1. But he used his line-item veto power to remove several GOP additions that would have blocked Medicaid expansion, and has said he will expand Medicaid in Virginia with or without the support of the legislature.

June 20, 2014

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Tennessee Health Care Campaign saving lives by helping people enroll in health plans

The Tennessee Health Care Campaign is looking forward to the 2015 open enrollment period that begins on November 15.  They know that low income people without health insurance are more likely to die than their insured neighbors, and the group’s goal is to get as many people enrolled as possible – saving lives in the […]

June 16, 2014

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Washington Healthplanfinder one of the most successful exchanges, but problems remain

Despite the fact that Washington Healthplanfinder is one of the nation’s most successful exchanges, technological problems continue to vex the exchange and kinks are being worked out long after the first open enrollment period ended.  The story is testament to the challenges associated with setting up an exchange – even in supportive states, it’s a […]

June 15, 2014

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80,000 people enrolled in private plans through Cover Oregon will have to re-enroll this fall

Cover Oregon is switching to Healthcare.gov for their enrollment platform, and the 80,000 people who have enrolled in private plans through the exchange will have to re-enroll through Healthcare.gov during the 2015 open enrollment.

June 4, 2014

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Vermont taking Obamacare one step further to single payer by 2017

Vermont’s government has opted to press forward towards an even more progressive solution than Obamacare.  By 2017, the state hopes to have a single payer system that covers 80 percent of all residents’ essential health needs.

May 23, 2014

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Kentucky Co-op joining WV exchange in 2015

In 2014, West Virginia has had just one carrier – Highmark BCBS – in its exchange.  But starting with the 2015 open enrollment that begins in November, the Kentucky Health Cooperative will also be offering plans in the WV exchange, adding much-needed competition and some additional options for consumers.

May 23, 2014

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Nevada residents who tried to enroll by March 31 have until May 30 to complete enrollment

Nevada Health Link has signed up more than 48,000 people now.  Residents who tried to enroll by March 31 must complete their enrollment by May 30.

May 22, 2014

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HealthSource RI needs $4.6 million from state for upcoming fiscal year

HealthSource RI needs $4.6 million – which they’ve asked the state to provide – in addition to the federal funds they will receive for the upcoming fiscal year.  The total budget for the year is $55 million.

May 22, 2014

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Nevada switching to federally-run exchange for 2015

Nevada’s exchange board voted unanimously to switch to Healthcare.gov for 2015 and possibly longer.  They have terminated their contract with Xerox after the company bungled the creation of the exchange website and fell far short of performance targets throughout open enrollment.

May 20, 2014

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