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Breaking: HHS Announces September 5 Deadline for Immigration Document Submission in Order to Avoid Marketplace Health Insurance Termination

September 5, 2014 is the deadline to send documents to the marketplace for people with inconsistencies in the documents that they submitted to verify immigration and citizenship status. Those who miss...

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New Study Finds that Penalty-Based Wellness Programs Fail to Improve Employee Health

Workplace wellness programs have the potential to improve the overall health and well-being of employees by helping them adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. However, not all wellness programs ar...

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Congressman Ryan’s Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Budget Cuts Health Care for Millions of Americans

Congressman Paul Ryan released his budget proposal today for Fiscal Year 2015, outlining the funding and policy priorities for House Republicans. As in past years, this budget cuts a large chunk of he...

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Protecting Consumers When Health Insurance Marketplaces Allow Direct Enrollment through Web Brokers

Some health insurance marketplaces allow “web brokers” to conduct direct enrollment. This means privately run web broker sites can enroll consumers in marketplace coverage and financial assistance...

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Our Nation’s Health Depends on Fixing Persistent Health Disparities

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more Americans can afford quality health insurance. However, having health insurance does not always equal having access to high-quality health care. This ...

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Maine’s Ballot Initiative to Expand Medicaid

A critical test of the popularity of the Affordable Care Act will take place in less than two weeks. On Nov. 7, voters in Maine will cast a vote on Question 2, a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid. ...

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Taking on High Prescription Drug Costs in Illinois: Q&A with Rep. Will Guzzardi

Illinois HB 4900 prevents pharmaceutical companies from price gouging on generic drugs Climbing prescription drug prices threaten the health and wellbeing of families and individuals who depend on li...

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Per Capita Caps in Medicaid Would Result in Devastating Funding Cuts

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act—including the American Health Care Act passed by the House—go well beyond repealing the health care law to a wholesale gutting of Medicaid fundin...

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There’s No Painless Way to End the Medicaid Expansion

Update (6/8/17): Reports that senators are considering a longer phase-down of the Medicaid expansion do not represent a compromise. A phaseout – no matter the exact length -- is the same as ending ...

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The High Administrative Costs of Common Medicaid Expansion Waiver Elements

Montana, the most recent state to extend its Medicaid program to more residents, is wrapping up negotiations with the federal government to determine the logistics of what this alternative expansion p...

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