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Nearly 2.2 million Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace from October through December

Thirty percent of those who selected plans were under age 35 Nearly 2.2 million people have selected plans from the state and federal marketplaces by Dec. 28, 2013 (the end of third reporting period for open enrollment), Health and Human

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HHS strengthens community living options for older Americans and people with disabilities

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule today to ensure that Medicaid’s home and community-based services programs provide full access to the benefits of community living and offer services in the most integrated settings.

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Posted in Health & Human Svcs, Health Care, Health Issues, Social Safety Net

By The Numbers: the First Reporting Period of Open Enrollment

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Today we released our most detailed report to date about the results of the first reporting period of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The numbers show that interest in the Health

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HHS announces first guidance implementing Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.  This is

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Posted in DOMA, Govt-US, Health & Human Svcs, LGBT Rights, Marriage Equality

Holding Insurance Companies Accountable for High Premium Increases

— by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits some of the worst insurance industry practices that have kept affordable health coverage out of reach for millions of Americans.  It provides families and individuals

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Posted in Flexible Spending Accts, Health Care, Health Care Exchanges, Health Insurance Rate Review, Lifetime Limits, Medical Loss Ratio
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