According to www.BenefitsPro.com today,
According to Politico Whiteboard (a daily email available from Politico Pro service [www.Politico.com]) September 19, 2011, "Governor Lincoln Chafee has issued the executive order establishing the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange under the state's health department. The order said this move makes the state eligible to apply for a Level Two exchange establishment grant, which it plans to do by September 30, 2011."
According to Politico today, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) Deputy Director Tim Hill is sending signals that the feds answers to states' questions about health insurance exchanges may not be available too soon. There are many questions about the funding source for a federal exchange, and states are concerned about the lack of details. Read More...
On Thursday, September 8 , 2011, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached an unanimous decision. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
You can get a chance to speak with exchange officials at a two-day AHIP conference starting Thursday. CCIIO Deputy Director Tim Hill will addresses the conference Friday morning.
Investor's Business Daily published an article this week wherein they highlighted an Affordable Care Act drafting error that could be interpreted to prohibit individuals purchasing coverage in a federally-established exchange from receiving the premium tax credits that are its biggest draw. Read more…
Benefits Broker Pro wrote today that "according to a new survey, 76 percent of uninsured Americans say they’re ready to buy health coverage—if the price is right."
The survey was prepared by Oliver Wyman - a leading global management consulting firm that combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, organizational transformation and leadership development.