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States Receive Federal Health Exchange Implementation Grants

November 30th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that nearly $220 million in new grants would be awarded to 13 states bringing the total that have been awarded such assistance to 29. The latest round of grantees includes seven of the states run by GOP governors that are suing the administration to overturn the health law.

UnitedHealth Forecasts Increased Membership, Earnings

November 30th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The largest insurer in the U.S. says enrollment gains in Medicare and Medicaid plans will outpace declines in other parts of its business.

Fewer Uninsured Kids Even As Adult Numbers Rise

November 30th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
A new study by Georgetown University credits the health law as having a 'key role' in the increase in children's health insurance coverage.

HHS Rejects Two MLR Waiver Requests

November 29th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday delivered the news that waiver requests from Indiana and Louisiana had been given the thumbs down, making these two states the third and fourth to have their applications for relief denied outright.

Texas Pharmacists Assail Medicaid Cuts; Ariz. Could Restore Kids’ Coverage

November 29th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in Health Insurance today
The pharmacists say a plan to have health maintenance organizations manage the drug needs of Medicaid enrollees will drive them out of business. Meanwhile, Arizona officials announce a plan that will leverage federal Medicaid funds and allow them to restore insurance to some children who lost it in recent budget cuts.