Women Taking Control of Their Reproductive Health, Pre-Hobby Lobby Edition

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am

Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.

One way or another, women will make their own decisions.

 

Why Silver Health Insurance Plans Are the Most Popular

By: Friday May 2, 2014 2:15 pm

The fact that silver was the most popular metal tier doesn’t tell us anything about people’s insurance preferences because the law was designed to encourage people to choose that level.

Exchange Signups Reach Four Million

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 2:35 pm

The number of people who have selected plans on the new state or federally run exchanges has reached four million according to the Obama administration. Health and Human Services claims approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based marketplaces since October 1, but a full enrollment report for the month won’t be out until mid-March.

Congressional Investigation Finds FDA’s Unprecedented Whistleblower Surveillance Program Was Unlawful

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 1:28 pm

A congressional investigation into a surveillance program by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was “unprecedented in scope and intensity” and directed at whistleblowers working within the agency, concluded that the spying operation was unlawful.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley released a joint report on the program initiated in April 2010, which they described in a press release as a “highly-invasive surveillance program that monitored employees who contacted Congress and the media with concerns about FDA’s medical device approval process.”

Young People Aren’t Flocking to Obamacare Yet

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:15 am

After a very long delay the federal government has finally started releasing demographic data about who is signing up for coverage on the new exchanges. According to Department of Health and Human Services only 24 percent of people who have signed up for coverage on either the state or federal exchanges are between the ages of 18-34.

HHS Moves to Expand Exchange Deadlines

By: Friday December 13, 2013 7:35 am

Problems with the Healthcare.gov website as well as low enrollment means significantly fewer people are going to be covered come January than the Obama administration planned, so they are doing everything they can to maximize the numbers.

Medicaid Expansion Going Well, Exchange Improved but Still Lagging

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 9:10 am

On the plus side the exchanges are working better and this is helping to increase the number of people selecting plans. Over 360,000 people selected a private insurance plan on one of the exchanges in the first two month, with 227,478 selecting plans on the state run exchanges and 137,204 selecting plans on the federal Healthcare.gov.

Online SHOP Exchanges Delayed for a Year

By: Friday November 29, 2013 9:00 am

As part of a big holiday news dump the Obama administration announced that the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges will be completely delayed for a year. Small business will be able to buy exchange qualified coverage offline to try to qualify for the available tax credits, but the online web portal will not be working until November 2014 for coverage that starts in 2015.

HHS Releases Some Data About Premiums on Federally Run Exchanges

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 10:40 am

It is important to note that no one really knows how many people and which type of people will sign up. These premiums are also simply based on insurers best guesses. After this first year when companies have real data we could potentially see some significant changes in premiums in either direction. 2015 not 2014 will be the real test from a policy perspective.

Premiums on the Exchanges Are Slightly Lower Than CBO Expected

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 10:50 am

Average premiums on the health insurance exchanges are coming in slightly lower than what the Congressional Budget Office predicted back in 2012. A new report for HHS compares these predictions from over a year ago to the premiums now being submitted by insurance companies in several states.

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