Archive: July 2010

HHS publishes interim final rule on Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program

Posted on July 30, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has published interim final rules on the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program.

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HHS requests comment on exchanges

Posted on July 30, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has published a request for comment in the federal register about standards for the insurance exchanges that will come into existence in 2014.

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HHS announces grants to help states establish exchanges

Posted on July 29, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced $51 million in grant money available to help states establish health insurance exchanges, which are due to open in 2014.

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Kaiser Family Foundation issues report on low-income childless adults under health reform

Posted on July 28, 2010

The Kaiser Family Foundation has published a new report about states’ experiences covering childless adults through Medicaid wavers and state-funded program and lessons for the Medicaid expansion mandated by the health reform law.

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Sebelius writes governors about serving people with disabilities

Posted on July 28, 2010

In a letter to governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has highlighted opportunities in the health reform law to expand services to people with disabilities.

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HHS issues Q&A on new policy barring pre-existing condition exclusions for children under 19

Posted on July 28, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight has issued a questions and answers sheet about the policy published June 28 barring pre-existing condition exclusions on policies issued after September 23, 2010 for children under the age of 19.

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CMS announces additional $2.25 billion for Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration

Posted on July 27, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced $2.25 billion to extend the existing Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program, which is designed to facilitate people with disabilities staying in their communities instead of being placed in institutional settings.

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HHS allocates $88 million for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Posted on July 26, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has allocated an initial $88 million to the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

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New rules make it easier for public to appeal denials of health insurance claims

Posted on July 22, 2010

On July 22nd, new rules were issued easing patients’ ability to appeal health insurance claim denials.

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Latest NAIC hearing offers insight into exchanges

Posted on July 22, 2010

From July 22-23 the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is hosting a conference on the new exchanges in order to issue regulations setting standards for: 1) the establishment and operation of Exchanges, including SHOP Exchanges; 2) the offering of qualified health plan through the Exchanges; 3) the establishment of the reinsurance and risk adjustment program; and 4) such other requirements as the Secretary determines appropriate.

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