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Pence pitches Medicaid expansion plan for Indiana

Politico — Gov. Mike Pence is supporting a plan to expand Medicaid. The plan includes a number of provisions — such as enrolling beneficiaries in private plans and requiring modest cost-sharing — that have been adopted in conservative-leaning states. The plan faces review at the state level and by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

May 15, 2014

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Governor asks AZ Supreme Court to throw out Medicaid challenge

The Republic — Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state’s highest court to review a lower court’s ruling related to Medicaid expansion, claiming those who filed the case do not have legal standing. If the Medicaid expansion is overturned, about 150,000 residents will lose coverage.

May 14, 2014

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DC Health Link funding plan may face legal challenge

Kaiser Health News — A plan to charge a 1 percent tax on all health-related insurance plans, including those not marketed through DC Health Link, is drawing protests and potential legal challenges. Representatives of DC Health Link say a tax on only those plans sold through the marketplace won’t generate enough revenue given the District’s […]

May 12, 2014

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Maryland Health Connection criticized for potential violation of open meeting rules

The Baltimore Sun — The Kent County News filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office, charging that the state health insurance exchange is not complying with open meeting rules. Other news organizations have complained about a lack of disclosure by Maryland Health Connection.

May 10, 2014

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Hawaii insurance executive calls for Connector shutdown

Associated Press — The president and CEO of Hawaii Medical Services Association, the state’s largest health insurer, says the state should abandon the Hawaii Health Connector and stop spending money on a system that doesn’t work.

May 9, 2014

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Insurers oppose dual approach to Massachusetts Health Connector fix

The New York Times — The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans does not support the state plan to concurrently evaluate customizing off-the-shelf software and moving to HealthCare.gov. With a decision not expected until July, the health plans say they will be forced to spend time and money getting ready to support both options if they […]

May 8, 2014

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Former Maryland Health Connector contractor fires CEO

The Baltimore Sun — Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the former lead contractor on Maryland Health Connector’s troubled website, fired its top executive. Noridian’s parent company lost more than $80 million last year.

May 5, 2014

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Massachusetts to abandon Health Connector software

MassLive —Acknowledging that the existing health insurance exchange is too broken to fix, officials announced they will pursue a dual track. State officials are deciding between customizing off-the-shelf software used successfully in several other states or transitioning to HealthCare.gov.

May 5, 2014

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Legislators address Hawaii Health Connector issues

Pacific Business News — Hawaii legislators passed Senate Bill 2470, which retains the nonprofit status of the Connector and establishes an eight-person legislative oversight committee. The bill also authorized $1.5 million to support the Connector. Legislators also passed House bill HB2581, which establishes a task force to evaluate how to use innovation waivers in 2017. […]

May 2, 2014

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Your Health Idaho enrollment tops 76,000

Idaho Statesman — The federal government expected 40,000 Idahoans to sign up for health insurance through Your Health Idaho. The state exceeded that target by 36,000. Blue Cross of Idaho was the most popular carrier on the exchange, selling policies to about 45,000 people.

April 28, 2014

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