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Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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After years of debate, controversy, delays and attempts to overturn the law, the Affordable Care Act is close to full implementation. Small businesses and individuals can start signing up for health care coverage using the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, on Oct. 1. That coverage will go into effect Jan. 1, and yet… Continue Reading Health insurance marketplace opens Oct. 1

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New tool available to navigate ACA changes

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With just over a month to go before the Connect for Health Colorado health insurance exchange gets underway, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative launched a new guide with new mobile apps to connect consumers to the new health care coverages and services. The tools, located at http://cohealth.co/blue-guide, are designed to help the uninsured and underinsured navigate… Continue Reading New tool available to navigate ACA changes

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DOI approves 541 new insurance plans under ACA

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The Colorado Division of Insurance approved 541 new health insurance plans from 18 carriers that will offer insurance to consumers and businesses starting Jan. 1, 2014. The new health plans must offer, under federal law, a set of essential benefits and a variety of choices. The division started reviewing the plans in May to make… Continue Reading DOI approves 541 new insurance plans under ACA

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Hickenlooper expands Medicaid under ACA

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Gov. John Hickenlooper announced plans to expand Medicaid coverage to people living within 133 percent of the federal poverty level, in line with federal guidelines under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court said states could decide whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage in a landmark decision upholding most of the… Continue Reading Hickenlooper expands Medicaid under ACA

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Final look at 2012: Health care industry in flux

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Health care is poised to change dramatically in years to come, but in 2012 those changes got under way — preparing for the 2014 full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. From consolidations of health groups to partnerships with former competitors, hospitals sought to create economies of scale in the face of… Continue Reading Final look at 2012: Health care industry in flux

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The Congressional Budget Office just announced that President Obama’s health care law will reduce the deficit by $84 billion more than previously thought, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion. Those savings may sound nice. But the law doesn’t do much to address our country’s… Continue Reading The Affordable Care Act not so affordable after all

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State moves toward new insurance standards

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Health insurance plans will soon have more benefits — coverage for pediatric dental and vision care, mental health care and rehabilitative services. Continue Reading State moves toward new insurance standards

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Colorado is moving forward with its health insurance exchange, as required under the Affordable Care Act. The state is submitting a second establishment grant to the federal government to pay for planning, purchasing technology and developing customer service operations for the period between October 2012 and July 2013. The group will submit the application before… Continue Reading Colorado to ask for more federal money for health exchanges

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Health care leaders applaud court decision

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Mere minutes after the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, politicians from both sides of the aisle started offering their opinions for and against the health-care reform law. Continue Reading Health care leaders applaud court decision

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  The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.   The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for… Continue Reading High court upholds key part of Obama health law

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