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A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

May 1, 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday, April 30, 2013 that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals without health insurance has been reduced from twenty-one to three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds. The consumer friendly forms are much…

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Search for Federally Qualified Health Centers

April 8, 2013

Search for Federally Qualified Health Centers The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services provides an online database that allows you to search for Federally Qualified Health Centers nationwide.  HRSA health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can…

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New Health Insurance Reform Rules Released

November 21, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of guidelines setting out to end discrimination against the sick, and guarantee minimum benefits for Americans who currently are not covered by health insurance but will be once the new health care law is enacted January 1, 2014. The guidelines, released by Secretary Kathleen…

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New Healthcare Rules Would Empower Consumers

August 19, 2011

From The Washington Post: New regulations proposed on Wednesday by the Obama administration would require private health insurers to offer cost/benefit summaries of their insurance plans in “plain English,” enabling us all to comparison shop with confidence. By N.C. Aizenman, Published: August 17 What would your health insurance cover if you got pregnant? How much could…

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Free Birth Control Rule Meets Harsh Criticism

August 1, 2011

From CBS News: (AP) August 1, 2011 8:43 AM The federal Department of Health and Human Services was to announce historic women’s healthcare guidelines Monday that would require insurance companies to cover women’s preventive services, including birth control, for what amounts to no cost. The guidelines, under the new healthcare law, would force insurance companies…

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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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How Effective Will A Federal Health Exchange Be?

July 20, 2011

From Politico: New state health insurance marketplaces are supposed to be set up in every state  by 2014. By J. LESTER FEDER | 7/18/11 10:31 PM EDT Will there really be a strong federal health insurance exchange to take over for states that don’t build their own? Or is it a paper tiger? That question…

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How States Can Help Their Small Businesses

July 15, 2011

From The Huffington Post: John Arensmeyer–7/14/11 12:30 PM ET Politicians and pundits have focused a lot of attention on the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone have health coverage, but few have looked into the health insurance marketplaces — the component of healthcare reform most important for small businesses. Fortunately, people are beginning to pay…

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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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Setting The Standards For Health Insurance Exchanges

July 12, 2011

From Politico:  Many states are struggling to get their health exchange plans ready by deadline.   By SARAH KLIFF | 7/11/11 11:34 PM EDT The Obama administration’s newest health reform regulation, laying the groundwork for health insurance marketplaces in all states, may raise more questions than those it answers. The administration released a proposed regulation Monday…

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