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State Health Exchanges Leaning Toward Insurers

July 20, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Wendell Potter–7/14/11 12:29 PM ET The insurance industry made it abundantly clear this week that it is in the driver’s seat–in both Washington and state capitals — of one of the most important vehicles created by Congress to reform the U.S. health care system. The Affordable Care Act requires the states…

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State Health Care Cuts Could Fill Nursing Homes

July 18, 2011

From The Associated Press: By JOHN SEEWER–7/16/2011 Born with cerebral palsy, Jennifer McPhail relies on a home health aide to help her get dressed for work and ready for bed at night. Her motorized wheelchair keeps her active, working as an organizer with a disability rights group in Austin, Texas, and volunteering to help people…

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Health Officials Move To Loosen State Requirements

July 13, 2011

From the Los Angeles Times: By Noam N. Levey–July 12, 2011 Washington— The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year.The state-based exchanges are intended to make buying health insurance comparable…

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Premium Cuts For Consumers With Preexisting Conditions

July 5, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Michelle Andrews–July 4 Uninsured sick people got some good news recently, or some of them did, anyway. Starting July 1, the Obama administration reduced the premiums by up to 40 percent in special high-risk insurance plans that the federal government is running in 17 states and the District. These preexisting condition…

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Repeal Benefits Blue Cross Blue Shield

July 5, 2011

From The Post and Courier: By Renee Dudley–Sunday, July 3, 2011 In 2006, the South Carolina Legislature repealed a decades-old insurance code, stripping the state’s authority to regulate discounting in contracts between hospitals and insurers. The deletion allowed the state’s biggest health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, to negotiate contracts that could cripple its…

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Bachmann Medicaid Hypocrisy

June 30, 2011

From Today.com: Michael Isikoff–6/28/2011 7:46:46 PM While Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has forcefully denounced the Medicaid program for swelling the “welfare rolls,” the mental health clinic run by her husband has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005, according to new figures obtained by NBC News. The…

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Health Care Reform Saves Seniors A Combined $260 Million

June 30, 2011

From The Hill: By Julian Pecquet – 06/28/11 10:07 AM ET Almost half a million seniors on Medicare had saved a combined $260 million on their medicines by the end of last month thanks to the healthcare reform law, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. A total of 478,272 people have taken advantage of the law’s…

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RomneyCare: Program Review Shows Appealing Efficacy

June 29, 2011

From The Boston Globe:   June 26, 2011|By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff Second of two stories on Mitt Romney and the state health care overhaul. On a sunny autumn afternoon in October 2008, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, met New Hampshire portrait artist Richard Whitney at the State House and went to the…

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RomneyCare: A Look At Massachusetts Health Care

June 29, 2011

From The Boston Globe:   May 30, 2011|By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff First in a series on Mitt Romney and the Massachusetts health care overhaul. In late spring 2005, Mitt Romney gathered with a dozen top policy and political advisers in a conference room near the governor’s suite on the third floor of the…

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Healthcare Reform As A Market-Based Solution

June 28, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Tommy Thompson– 06/27/11 06:44 PM I am writing to suggest that governors of both political parties have tremendous opportunity to use free market principles and set up health insurance exchanges which work and give constituents freedom of choice. There is a lot of discussion about health insurance exchanges as it relates to…

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