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Nearly $230M Invested in National Health Service Corps in 2012

October 16, 2012

Nearly $230 million has been invested in the National Health Service Corps this year, according to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Included in these investments are 4,600 loan repayment and scholarships to clinicians and students, and grants awarded to 32 states to aid their state loan repayment programs. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the…

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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…

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Gov’t Lays Out Health Insurance Exchange Details

August 15, 2011

From Reuters: By Alina Selyukh and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:43pm EDT (Reuters) – The government on Friday laid out incentives for states and people to participate in health insurance exchanges, including tax credits and funding grants for the states. Health regulators also clarified how they expect states to determine who…

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Panel Pushes For Free Insurer Provided Contraceptives

July 25, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board–July 20, 2011 In an encouraging development for women’s health, an advisory panel of leading experts has recommended that all insurers be required to offer contraceptives as well as other preventive services free of charge under the new health care law. The Obama administration seems inclined to follow the…

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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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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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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…

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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…

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Misinformation Still Plagues Health Care Reform Law

March 24, 2011

Font of misinformation. From CBS News: March 23, 2011 5:12 PM By Stephanie Condon One year after President Obama signed his landmark health care reform package into law, his administration is still working to make sure the public understands the sweeping changes, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday. Recent polls, including last…

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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…

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