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Colorado consumers with health insurance will benefit from $27.5 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer, because of the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule. The rebates will go to 208,000 people and will average $227 for each Colorado family. The health care law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premium… Continue Reading Coloradans will receive $27 million in health insurance rebates

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Cost estimates for a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year’s budget, and a senior Republican lawmaker on Friday demanded an explanation. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., wants to know by Monday why the estimated cost of helping millions of… Continue Reading Soaring cost estimate prompts health law doubts

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Health care reform will change hospitals’ business models, according to a survey of human resource executives. The survey, performed by global professional services company Towers Watson, found that workforce issues, the need for a wider array of staff skills and new leadership models will rise in importance as the hospital industry grapples with the transformation… Continue Reading Survey: Reform will challenge hospitals to adapt, compete

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When 510,000 people are added to Colorado’s heath insurance rolls in 2014, the state won’t need as many new primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants as once was believed. An analysis by the Colorado Health Institute says that people won’t have to overwhelm emergency rooms once they get insurance – they’ll be other… Continue Reading Health reform will require fewer doctors than anticipated

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The Supreme Court decided this morning to review the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that found the individual responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The court also said it would review the ruling in the same case that upheld the act’s expansion of Medicaid to millions of low-income Americans . The move… Continue Reading Supreme Court will consider challenges to Affordable Care Act

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Appeals court upholds Obama health care law

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A conservative-leaning panel of federal appellate judges on Tuesday upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law as constitutional, helping set up a Supreme Court fight. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a split opinion upholding the law. The court agreed to dismiss a Christian legal group’s lawsuit… Continue Reading Appeals court upholds Obama health care law

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So far this year, more than 2.2 million people with Medicare have saved more than $1.2 billion on prescriptions, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That averages out to $550 for every person, and more than 22.6 million seniors and people with disabilities across the country have taken advantage of at least… Continue Reading New laws save seniors $1.2 billion in drug purchases

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Bennet creates ACA grant database

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Nonprofits seeking grant information and work force development initiative money available through the Affordable Care Act can now go to a single location: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s website. The guide to grants includes a directory of departments and offices in charge of administering programs and is organized by title of the ACA. Included is a… Continue Reading Bennet creates ACA grant database

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The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has received an award of $400,000 from the federal government to make “fundamental changes” in health departments around the state. The grant comes from the Affordable Care Act and is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to create an effective public health… Continue Reading Health department receives federal grant for improvements

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Federal court tosses lawsuit over health reform

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A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government’s right to require individuals to buy… Continue Reading Federal court tosses lawsuit over health reform

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