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New Site To Let Us Monitor Health Insurance Rate Hikes

October 7, 2011

From USA Today: By Kelly Kennedy WASHINGTON – Beginning Thursday, consumers across the country can click their state on a federal Web page to see if a health insurer has raised its rates, as well as the company’s reason for doing so. That information was mostly unavailable before, said Steve Larsen, the Department of Health…

Feds Readying To Pick Up States’ Slack, Implement ACA

September 12, 2011

From The Washington Post: By N.C. Aizenman, Published: September 10 Across the country, states are lagging in preparations to erect the health insurance market­places at the heart of the 2010 health-care overhaul, bogged down by a combination of partisan hostility and practical hurdles. Faced with the delay, administration officials have been ramping up talks with state…

Premiums Lowered For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

June 1, 2011

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2011 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in…

States Get New Flexibility To Improve Medicaid, Innovate

April 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: HHS Press Office Thursday, April 14, 2011                                                                                              (202) 690-6343 New rules will make Medicaid more flexible and efficient, helping states provide better care and lower costs The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced four initiatives to give states more flexibility to adopt innovative new practices…

SC DHHS Restores $13.8M In Cuts, Hospice Care

February 1, 2011

Health Agency To Halt Some Cuts In Services To Poor By JOHN O’CONNOR [email protected] Columbia resident Carolyn Stover said she was dismayed to learn last month that the state was cutting hospice care for her mother, Nellie. Monday, Stover was thanking God and citing the power of prayer after state officials said they will continue…

HHS: Health Reform Already Working

January 28, 2011

Without health reform ‘consumers and businesses would face higher premiums,’ Sebelius says. | AP Photo By: J. Lester Feder January 28, 2011 04:50 AM EST The Obama administration is firing back at one of the major attacks Republicans have leveled at the health reform law: that it will make insurance premiums rise. A report released…

ACA Imposes Transparency On Premium Rate Hikes

December 21, 2010

New proposed Affordable Care Act regulations announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will bring new transparency and scrutiny to proposed health insurance rate increases.  These proposed rules allow HHS to work with States to require insurers to publicly disclose and justify unreasonable rate increases. “Year after year, insurance company…

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