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Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Navigators Say Feds Don’t Appreciate Scope Of The Job

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports:

“The Trump administration says many of the organizations that help people enroll in health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces don’t provide enough bang for the buck, sometimes costing thousands of dollars to sign up each customer. So, it is cutting their funding, some by as much as 90 percent, the government told the groups last week.

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New CMS rules boost consumer protections in exchange plans

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Modern Healthcare Reports:

“The CMS Friday issued final market rules for 2016 (PDF) for the state and federal insurance exchanges. The regulations include stronger requirements for insurers to provide accessible, reliable information about provider networks and drug formularies so that exchange customers can make informed choices.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Offers Assistance to Consumers for Upcoming Open Enrollment

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

 

Insurance News Net reports:

“With as many as 1.8 million uninsured in Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is mobilizing its resources across the state to help people better understand insurance coverage options and the financial benefits that may be available to them under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

There’s four key points about this year’s open enrollment period that people need to be aware of:

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Still need to send documents to the Marketplace? If you get a letter this week, time is running out.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Healthcare.gov reports:

“We’ve been reaching out to some of you by mail, email, and phone if some information you gave us on your Health Insurance Marketplace application doesn’t match the data we have on file. It’s important that you submit the documents we need so we can help you stay covered through the Marketplace and keep any help you get with premiums and cost-sharing.

We know you’re listening because we’re getting thousands of documents every day and are working around the clock to review these documents to confirm you are eligible for Marketplace coverage. If you’ve mailed or uploaded documents already, we’ll let you know as soon as we’ve finished reviewing them.

If you’ve been getting reminder calls, letters and emails from us, but still haven’t submitted the documents we are asking for, now is the time. Beginning this week, some of you will get a warning notice in the mail telling you that September 5, 2014 is your last deadline to submit these documents.

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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Yahoo News reports:

“Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they would soon have seamless online access to health insurance, a chaotic procurement process was about to deliver a stumbling start.

After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked “effective planning or oversight practices” for the development of HealthCare.gov, the portal for millions of uninsured Americans.

As a result the government incurred “significant cost increases, schedule slips and delayed system functionality,” William Woods, a GAO contracting expert, said in testimony prepared for a hearing Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The GAO is the nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress.

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Quinn aide: Court rulings don’t jeopardize federal health-care subsidies

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The State Journal-Register reports:

“Conflicting federal court rulings Tuesday pose no immediate financial threat for the 168,000 Illinoisans receiving reduced-price health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, an aide to Gov. Pat Quinn says.
The legality of the subsidies in states such as Illinois, which doesn’t operate its own health insurance “exchange,” was called into question by one of the rulings.

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Most Will Be Able to Automatically Renew Coverage Under Health Law

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The New York Times reports:

“The Obama administration announced Thursday that most people would be able to renew subsidized health insurance coverage without filing an application and without going back to HealthCare.gov, the website that frustrated millions of consumers last fall.

But some people will have to go into the marketplace again — if, for example, their income has changed or they want to shop for a better deal in 2015.

Under rules proposed Thursday by the administration, most people who purchased health plans in the federal insurance marketplace could automatically renew their coverage and premium subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act.

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State delays ’employee choice’ on Obamacare insurance exchange

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Crain’s Chicago Health Care Daily reports:

“Illinois plans to delay by at least a year a key feature of its Obamacare health insurance exchange that potentially would give employees of small businesses more choices when shopping for coverage.

“Employee choice” would allow employees to select from a range of plans from multiple carriers on the Small Business Health Options Program, also known as the Shop exchange, rather than being limited to a single plan chosen by their employer. The three dozen states on the federally administered marketplace, Illinois included, operated under the latter model, called “employer choice,” in 2014.

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Beware pitfalls of health care subsidy: Spike in income could spell big tax bill

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Individuals receiving monthly premium subsidies to pay for health coverage purchased on the new exchanges should keep their eye out for Uncle Sam. You could owe a big tax bill on your 2014 return next spring if your income rises during the year and you don’t report the change to the exchange.

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Blue Cross parent expecting losses in 2014 due to Obamacare

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Healthcare Daily reports:

“Annual net income for the parent company of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois fell well below the $1 billion mark for the first time since 2009, in part because the insurance giant is setting aside money to offset expected losses from the troubled rollout of Obamacare.

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