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April 7, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From AIS's Health Reform Week - Health reform observers generally see little downside to CMS’s last-minute decision to extend open enrollment for consumers who had not completed their applications on the federal exchange by the March 31 deadline. The extension did prompt critics to point to it as more evidence of the “train wreck” that is otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But most experts contacted by HRW say the enrollment grace period will allow insurers to “bring in more bodies” — particularly young and healthy ones. Read more

Health reform stakeholders are still scanning the landscape after the Affordable Care… Read more

CMS recently released a flurry of new proposals governing the Affordable Care… Read more

With billions of federal dollars at stake, an increasing number of Republican-controlled… Read more

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April 16, 2014
E-News Alert for April 16, 2014

This week's headlines

  • More Insurers Expect to Join Exchanges, Expand Offerings in 2015
  • Some States Avoid Paying Contractors for Balky Exchange Sites
  • Most Newly Insured Under ACA Are Medicaid Recipients or Receive Subsidies, Survey Finds
  • CBO Report Forecasts Lower Premium Increases, Savings to Government
  • CMS Releases Q&A Memo to Insurers Explaining Budget Neutrality of Risk-Corridor Program

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April 15, 2014
CBO Forecasts Lower Costs of ACA

The ACA will cost $100 billion less over the next decade than previously forecast, CBO reports. Read it at

April 2, 2014
E-News Alert for April 2, 2014

This week's headlines

  • 7.1 Million Americans Enrolled in Coverage on the Exchange, White House Says
  • Maryland Votes to Adopt Connecticut’s Technology Platform to Overhaul Exchange
  • New Hampshire Approves Medicaid Expansion Plan That Taps Private Insurance Market
  • Merck and GlaxoSmithKline Opt Not to Offer Copay Assistance Programs in Exchange Plans
  • Senate’s Top Democrat Says He’s Open to Minor ACA Fixes

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