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Business tax picture muddled by reforms

Health care reform kicks in for good in 2014, but this is the year that businesses have to keep meticulous records — because those records definitely will make a difference on next year’s tax returns. The paperwork for tax credits based on premiums paid by companies has been in the works for a couple of… Continue Reading Business tax picture muddled by reforms

Election won’t change some health care reforms

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Some changes to the health care industry will stand no matter who becomes president, according to a panel of experts in Colorado Springs last week for the Colorado Rural Health Center. “It doesn’t matter what it’s called,” said Michael McNeely, deputy director of the hospital-state division of the Office of Rural Health Policy. “Call it… Continue Reading Election won’t change some health care reforms

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Cigna adds CSHP to accountable care access

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Cigna has expanded its collaborative accountable care program to 10 new initiatives – one of which includes Colorado Springs Health Partners. The initiatives also involve doctor groups in six other states: Maine, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. With the additions, Cigna has 22 collaborative accountable care programs in 13 states that cover… Continue Reading Cigna adds CSHP to accountable care access

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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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Bipartisan legislation that would make health insurance less expensive for small businesses is in jeopardy because of its perceived association with national health care reform law, dubbed Obamacare. Senate Bill 200 would be the first step toward creating a clearing house of information, known as a health insurance exchange, for small business owners and individuals.… Continue Reading ‘Obamacare’ association likely to kill exchange bill

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The Colorado Trust issued a brief last month that claims President Obama’s health care overhaul measures will dramatically cut employee insurance costs for Colorado businesses and individuals. But many experts and business owners aren’t buying it. The biggest factor in the issue is whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be implemented, changed… Continue Reading Health care, business at odds about overhaul

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A federal judge declared the Obama administration’s health care overhaul unconstitutional Monday, siding with 26 states that sued to block it, saying that people can’t be required to buy health insurance. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson agreed with the states that the new law violates people’s rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by… Continue Reading Fla. judge strikes down Obama health care overhaul

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Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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There’s good and bad news for the health care reforms passed last year (and which Republicans hope to decimate this year). First the good: Thanks to the law, a record amount of money was recovered from fraudulent Medicare claims last year. The Department of Health and Human Services recovered a total of $4 billion last… Continue Reading Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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Public split on cuts to Medicaid, health reform

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Americans don’t want Washington to cut Medicaid, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. While most Americans want to cut the trillion-dollar deficit by cutting spending, they don’t want to cut funding for Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid – the most expensive entitlement programs. The fact… Continue Reading Public split on cuts to Medicaid, health reform

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Opponents of health care reform are getting little solace from the Supreme Court. A ruling last week showed the court’s reluctance to rein in Congress’s power to pass regulations under the constitution’s commerce clause. That’s the key point in the pending court battles over reform – that Congress can’t constitutionally require people to have health… Continue Reading Latest court ruling a blow for health care reform opponents

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