Federal Data Hub Will Help States Verify Information Given to Exchanges

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 - 6:48
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 06:46
Of vital interest to the states as they continue to plan for exchanges is the Data Services Hub described in the new CMS guidance issued in May 2011. This federally operated hub will verify citizenship, immigration status, and tax information with the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

New Federal Funding Opportunities Available for States to Build Exchanges

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 - 7:39
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 07:34
The federal government is prepared to make considerable additional funding available to states, beyond both the $1 million planning grants offered to all states last year and the “Early Innovator” IT Cooperative Agreement awards made to six states.

The University of Maryland Tackles Tough Questions in Health IT -- a Q and A

Friday, June 17th, 2011 - 7:41
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 07:35
The University of Maryland has embarked on a number of initiatives to address the many tough questions involved with the development and implementation of health information technology (HIT). HIT is crucial to the success of health reform and longer term efforts to improve the quality of health care and reduce its cost.

Tussle Over Medicaid Expansion Gets Turned Up a Notch

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 - 7:56
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 07:46
We've written a lot on this blog about the debate within several states about whether to create a state-run insurance exchange, with some conservatives believing that exchanges must be opposed just as health reform overall must be opposed. But that dispute seems to be dying down, with most states -- even those with staunch GOP governors -- moving forward.

Many Consumers Likely Unaware of Health Law Benefit; Texas Moves Quietly on Health Exchange

Monday, June 13th, 2011 - 7:39
Monday, June 13, 2011 - 07:34
The highlights of health reform news from late last week include a report about a consumer benefit that not many people know about, and a report about how Texas – despite the public opposition of Gov. Rick Perry – is moving forward on planning for an insurance exchange.

Exchange Bill Sees Final Passage in Oregon; Atlanta Appeals Court Hears Health Reform Challenge

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 - 7:48
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 07:37
A bill to establish a state-run insurance exchange has received final legislative passage in Oregon, according to the Oregonian. A surprising number of Republicans voted for the bill, apparently won over by the argument that the state is better off running its exchange than leaving it to the federal government, no matter what one's opinion of the health reform law is.

States Turning to Private Foundations for a Financial Assist on Health Reform Implementation

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 - 7:24
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 07:21
Kaiser Health News published an interesting story yesterday about states turning to private foundations to assist with the costs of implementing health care reform.

An Exchange Bill Is Signed in Colorado; Other News From Last Week

Monday, June 6th, 2011 - 7:32
Monday, June 6, 2011 - 07:26
The latter half of the week saw some important pieces of news in health reform, from an appeals court hearing on the individual mandate, to the signing of an exchange bill in Colorado, to a promising trend in health IT. We’ll recap them here.

New York Latest "Early Innovator" To Have Trouble Setting Up Exchange

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 - 22:47
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 22:25
New York is the latest state selected to be an "Early Innovator" that is having trouble setting up an insurance exchange, according to Politico. Some experts are worried that the Legislature is moving too slowly to get a bill passed in time to take advantage of the federal funds.

HHS Greatly Relaxes High-Risk Pool Eligibility Requirements to Boost Enrollment

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 - 22:15
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 21:51
Faced with enrollment numbers that have been far below expectations, HHS has decided to no longer require those wishing to gain coverage in federally run high risk pools to prove they have been unable to find health coverage for at least six months, according to Kaiser Health News.