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COBRA Subsidies For Laid-Off Workers End Today

August 31st, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
With the end of this benefit, considered one of the key elements of the federal stimulus package, many are concerned about how unemployed people will now afford these costs.

Leading Iowa Insurer Undecided About State’s Planned Insurance Exchange

August 31st, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
In other health law implementation news, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, that HHS has not adequately addressed the needs of small insurance companies and other small businesses.

State Roundup: N.H. State Employees Agree To Health Concessions

August 31st, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
News outlets report on a variety of state health policy issues.

GAO Reviews Impact Of Health Law’s Medical-Loss Ratio Provision

August 30th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Also in today's health policy headlines, the Wall Street Journal reports that a new state-federal program will put steep health premium increases under the microscope and the Washington Post showcases a map detailing state-by-state progress on creating health exchanges.

Changes To Medigap Plans Meet Resistance

August 30th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
Health law proposed revisions to help save Medicare money but group of insurance experts studying the issue is raising concerns.