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Most Americans want lower health care costs, not ‘Medicare for All’ or Obamacare repeal

Monday, May 20th, 2019

CNN Politics reports:

“Washington may be obsessed with enacting “Medicare for All” or repealing Obamacare, but Americans have other priorities.

They want Congress to prioritize reducing health care costs and protecting those with pre-existing conditions, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday.

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Feds close insurance loopholes on preventive care

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Yahoo Finance reports:

” From contraception to colonoscopies, the Obama administration Monday closed a series of insurance loopholes on coverage of preventive care.

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PPACA preventive services not so free

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Benefits Pro reports:

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) basic preventive services package famous by putting a controversial mandate — for “free” birth control benefits — in the package.

Consumer groups say patients are having trouble using the other, less controversial benefits in the package, such as access to checkups, vaccinations and some cancer screenings.

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More than 10 million sought ACA enrollment help outside of brokers

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Virginia Health Innovation Network reports:

“More than 10 million people sought help outside of brokerages and agencies during the Affordable Care Acts first open-enrollment period, but benefit adviser help was still considered by many to be most valuable.

SourceMedia’s Partner Insights program enables marketers to deliver relevant content and insights directly to the Employee Benefit News audience via SourceMedia’s digital media platforms. Partner Insights content is produced by the marketer. An estimated 10.6 million people nationally received personal help from navigators and assisters during the ACAs first open enrollment period, according to a new Kaiser Family foundation survey of navigators and assister programs. The survey estimates that the 4,400 assister programs operating nationally had an estimated 28,000 full-time staff and volunteers, suggesting each assister would have helped more than 370 people on average during the six-month open enrollment period that ran from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

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Orientation and waiting periods for coverage are latest guidance

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Business Insurance reports:

“Employers can impose a one-month orientation period before a 90-day waiting period starts to either offer qualifying employees group health insurance or face a penalty, according to the latest federal guidance on complying with the health care reform law. The rules, issued last month by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury, said employer orientation periods are “commonplace” for the estimated 5.1 million new employees per year and are reasonable as long as they are short.

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Fleishman-Hillard wins contract to market Illinois health exchange

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Illinois on Friday awarded marketing and public relations firm Fleishman Hillard a $35 million contract to market and promote the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace, an online exchange where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase private health insurance beginning Oct. 1.

Fleishman Hillard, along with several partners, will lead a massive multimedia outreach and advertising campaign to promote enrollment in the state-based insurance exchange, a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act.

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Implementing Health Reform: Small Business Health Insurance Marketplace

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Health Affairs reports:

“On May 31, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released a final rule amending its earlier regulations governing the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).  The implementing agencies published a spate of proposed rules and amendments in late 2012 and early 2013, and are now beginning to finalize these, including the workplace wellness rule released on May 29 and the SHOP final rule released on May 31.  HHS also released simplified forms for employers  and employees to use to apply for SHOP coverage.

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