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February 1, 2012
Federal Healthcare Spending to Double Over Next Decade - Specifically on mandatory programs

January 30, 2012
DOJ Submits Brief to Supreme Court - Claims they do not need strike down entire Healthcare Law

January 27, 2012
AMA Sends Request to House Speaker to Halt New Insurance Codes - New Codes could cost practices anywhere between $83,290 and $2.7 million

January 25, 2012
Simplified Health Plan Summaries Supported by Consumer Groups - Concerns that industry complaints about costs may derail requirement

January 24, 2012
States Lagging in Setting Up Exchanges May Have the Most to Gain - Study finds 15 states will receive the most federal subsidy dollars per capita

January 18, 2012
More Young Adults on Parents Health Policies - Increased from 24.7 percent to 27.7 percent

January 17, 2012
Elections May Impact Healthcare Law - Maybe more than High Court

January 13, 2012
Healthcare Reform - Essential benefits could vary from state to state

January 12, 2012
New Hampshire Hospitals Seek Restoration in Medicaid Budget Cuts - Hospitals looking for relief

January 10, 2012
Obama Administration Submits Healthcare Defense - Supreme court asked to uphold the healthcare law

January 5, 2012
Maine Legislature to Address Budget Cuts - MaineCare could be impacted

January 3, 2012
New Hampshire - Five year Medicaid contract deal under consideration

December 30, 2011
States Awarded Bonuses for High CHIP Enrollments - Bonus payments awarded to 23 states totaling $296 million

December 28, 2011
New Health Insurance Fees Start in 2012 - Fee is to fund research

December 20, 2011
Supreme Court Schedules Healthcare Hearing - Three days scheduled starting March 26, 2012

December 16, 2011
Ryan-Wyden Medicare Plan Introduced - New cost-cutting plan for Medicare

December 12, 2011
Congress May Implement Temporary Medicare Fix - Plan will charge rich seniors more for Medicare coverage

December 9, 2011
New Hampshire Seeks Dismissal of Suit Over Medicaid Reimbursement - Ten hospitals involved in suit

December 8, 2011
Spending Gaps Increase Between States - CMS says Massachusetts is the Top Spender

December 7, 2011
New Hampshire to Repay $35 Million - Funds sent in error to state in 2004

December 5, 2011
Health Insurance Refunds Altered - HHS issued a revision on Friday

December 2, 2011
Healthcare Provider Breaches on the Rise - Ponemon Institute releases study

November 28, 2011
Berwick To Resign As CMS Head - Berwick's deputy to succeed him

November 22, 2011
Supercommittee Fails to Reach Agreement - May lead to healthcare cuts

November 21, 2011
Americans More Concerned About Economy - Poll Conducted By Kaiser Foundation

November 16, 2011
Televised Hearing Requested for Healthcare Review - Decision of Court will impact every American

November 15, 2011
SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Health Care Reform Case - Hearing will be held March 2012

November 14, 2011
Announcement Awaited From SCOTUS - Constitutionality of healthcare reform in the balance

November 9, 2011
Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Health Reform Law - Upheld Individual mandate to purchase health insurance

November 7, 2011
National Governors Association Sends Letter to HHS Secretary - Urging federal officials to take over certain functions

November 4, 2011
Medicare Cuts Trigger Lawsuit from California Hospital Association - Attempting to block a ten percent cut

November 1, 2011
Affordable Care Act Applies to Single Coverage - Many feared it would not apply to families

October 26, 2011
CDC Recommends Boys Be Vaccinated Against HPV - Expansion of vaccine to boys age 11-21

October 24, 2011
Some States Limiting Medicaid Hospital Stays - Weak economy driving more jobless Americans into Medicaid

October 21, 2011
Senate Rejects Personal Importation of Canadian Drugs - Senators that were in favor of allowing individuals to purchase drugs from Canada in 2009 now opposed to it

October 20, 2011
White House Opposes CLASS Act Repeal - HHS Secretary admits it is financially unsustainable

October 18, 2011
HHS Will Not Implement Long-Term Care Insurance Provision of Healthcare Reform - Doubts over its financial solvency

October 14, 2011
House Republicans Allege Private Medical Records Will Be Turned Over To Federal Government - Insurers must provide claims data

October 12, 2011
HHS Charged With Determining Essential Benefits - Institute of Medicine gave report to HHS last week

October 6, 2011
Supreme Court May Wait Until After Presidential Election to Rule on Health Care Reform - Constitutionality of individual mandate in the balance

October 4, 2011
Supreme Court Hears Medicaid Cut Challenge - Case stems from a California lawsuit

October 3, 2011
Supreme Court Expected to Hear Two Health Related Cases - Medicaid rate hearing will be first

September 30, 2011
Administration Asks Supreme Court to Rule on PPACA - Sources confident the court will rule in its favor

September 28, 2011
Heath Insurance Costing More - Covering less, according to a Kaiser Foundation report

September 26, 2011
District of Columbia Appeals Judges to Rule on Healthcare Reform Lawsuit - PPACA is getting mixed reviews by federal appeals judges

September 22, 2011
Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall - Enrollment expected to rise next year

September 20, 2011
Medicare Enrollment To Begin Earlier - Enrollment will close December 7

September 16, 2011
HHS Proposes Rule To Allow Patients Direct Access To Medical Data- Rule would allow patients to obtain test data from labs directly.

September 14, 2011
Washington Update - Jobs and Federal Deficit Dominate Hill

September 12, 2011
WellPoint to Use Watson - Watson, an IBM computer will analyze patient records

September 7, 2011
Summer Recess Over - Congress and President back in Washington

September 2, 2011
Generic Drugs Delayed in Introduction to the Market - FTC alleges illegal "sweetheart" deals

August 31, 2011
Most States Have Not Passed Laws Creating Insurance Exchanges - Many have returned federal funding to create exchanges

August 29, 2011
Drug Supply Shortages Continue to Grow - Uncertain when end in sight

August 25, 2011
HHS Releases Summary of Coverage Documents - Document is almost 5 months late in being released

August 22, 2011
Healthcare Reform Appeal May Wait - Possibly until after the 2012 Presidential election

August 18, 2011
Rules for Comparing Insurance Plans Proposed - Goal is to make it easier for consumers to shop insurance and compare plans

August 16, 2011
President Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Healthcare Law - Stated it should be upheld without a problem

August 15, 2011
11th Circuit Court Rules in Health Care Reform Lawsuit - Rules that the individual mandate is unconstitutional

August 10, 2011
Supreme Court to Hear Medicaid Reimbursement Case - Scheduled for October 3rd

August 8, 2011
Critical Medications In Short Supply - Shortages are nationwide

August 4, 2011
Debt Ceiling Debate Suggests Raising Medicare Eligibility to 67 - Questions if it will undermine health care reform law

August 2, 2011
HHS Announces Insurers Must Cover Contraception In Full - Effective August 1, 2012

August 1, 2011
Office of Health Insurance Exchanges Stepping Down - Uncertain if it will impact roll out of federal exchange

July 28, 2011
Consumers Willing to Pay More for Customized Health Plans - Eighty percent expect customer service to be easier and more convenient

July 26, 2011
Affordable Coverage Not Defined - Employers face fines if not providing "affordable coverage"

July 21, 2011
New Hampshire Appeals Federal Ruling - State ordered to repay $35 million in Disproportionate Hospital Funds

July 19, 2011
Insured Americans Skipping Medical Treatment - Economy and high out of pocket costs to blame

July 16, 2011
Governor Lynch Allow Bills to Pass Without Signature - HB 601and SB 148

July 15, 2011
Independent Payment Advisory Board Under Fire - Defended by HHS Secretary

July 12, 2011
President Proposes Raising Medicare Eligibility Age - Proposal would take effect after 2012 elections

July 11, 2011
IPAB Under Fire - Independent Payment Advisory Board could ration care

July 6, 2011
Medicare Prescription Drug Customers to Benefit from Healthcare Reform - Price cuts to be seen this year

July 1, 2011
Sixth Circuit Upholds Healthcare Law - Upholds constitutionality of mandating Americans purchase health insurance

June 29, 2011
Mystery Shopper Plan Abandoned - Outpouring of opposition forced Obama administration to back down

June 27, 2011
Groups Ask Congress to Repeal IPAB - About 270 groups have signed letter for repeal

June 23, 2011
Most Americans Will Obtain Healthcare Coverage Through Employer - Once healthcare reform goes into full effect

June 20, 2011
HHS Shutting Down Healthcare Waivers - Ending earlier than initially planned

June 15, 2011
GAO Reviews Healthcare Law Waivers - Finds no bias but questions still unanswered

June 13, 2011
Can Medicaid Overhaul Be Blocked - Senate Democrats say they have the votes

June 9, 2011
Is Healthcare Mandate Setting an Overreach Precedent? Three-judge panel hears appeal arguments

June 8, 2011
Florida Healthcare Reform Appeal Hearing Set For Today - Third federal appeals court to hear arguments

June 7, 2011
Study Reveals Cancer Treatment Costs High - Patients out of pocket costs high

June 1, 2011
Lower Premiums Announced for Healthcare Reform High Risk Pools - Lagging enrollment reason for the change

May 31, 2011
High Deductible Health Plans Becoming More Popular - Ten million signed up for plan in 2010

May 25, 2011
Accountable Care Organizations Still Facing Criticism - Seven Senators want HHS to re-write rules

May 24, 2011
More Adults Under Age 26 Receiving Health Insurance Coverage - Healthcare reform responsible for upswing

May 18, 2011
Coalition Requests Lawmakers to Repeal OTC Medication Limits - Over the counter medications not reimbursable without a prescription

May 16, 2011
New Hampshire Receives Health Care Reform Waiver - One of two more states approved

May 13, 2011
MVP Reaches Agreement With Hospitals - Contract agreement through December 31, 2013

May 11, 2011
Fourth Circuit Appeals Court Hears Two Healthcare Reform Challenges - Judges signal they will uphold provisions in law that require mandatory health coverage

May 4, 2011
House Passes Bill to Defund Insurance Exchanges - Vote fell mainly along party lines

May 3, 2011
President Threatens to Veto House Proposed Bills - Bills aim to defund portions of health care law

May 2, 2011
Medicare Offers Financial Incentives - Obama Administration issues final regulations on incentives for quality care performance

April 28, 2011
CBO Reports Repealing Exchange Grants Save Money - Savings could be roughly $14 billion over 10 years

April 26, 2011
Supreme Court Denies Request for Health Law Expedited Hearing - Case will proceed through 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

April 21, 2011
House Chairmen Request Healthcare Spending Reduction Plan From President - President plans to cut $480 billion over next twelve years

April 19, 2011
Supreme Court Takes No Action - Uncertain if they will approve an expedited hearing for healthcare law

April 15, 2011
President Signals Medicare Must Change - Necessary to avert fiscal crunch

April 14, 2011
Supreme Court to Decide on Fast Tracking Healthcare Law Challenge - Indication from court could come this month

April 13, 2011
Survey of Insurance Brokers Reveals Harsh Reality of Health Care Reform - Medical Loss Ration provision a driver

April 12, 2011
DOJ and FTC in Dispute - Oversight of Antitrust provisions key issue

April 11, 2011
Budget Agreement Does Not Defund Healthcare Reform - Separate vote in Senate expected on two measures

April 7, 2011
Survey of Insurance Brokers Reveals Harsh Reality of Health Care Reform - Medical Loss Ration provision a driver

April 6, 2011
1099 Repeal Bill Sent to President - Senate voted to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement included in the healthcare reform bill

April 5, 2011
Senator Paul Ryan Aiming for Large Budget Cuts - Medicare and Medicaid revisions included

April 4, 2011
Obama Administration Files Appeals Vinson Ruling - 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear case

March 31, 2011
HHS to Release ACO Regulations - Regulations could become voluminous

March 28, 2011
Young Adults Targeted For Benefits Of Healthcare Reform - HHS Secretary leads the discussion

March 23, 2011
State approves Concord Hospital's $11.6 Million Upgrade - This in spite of Governor Lynch's call for a moratorium on certificates

March 22, 2011
Health Care Reform One-Year Anniversary - Small businesses may not be taking advantage of tax credit

March 19, 2011
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ranked Highest Health Plan in New England - Third year in a row

March 17, 2011
HHS Reports on Medicare Annual Wellness Visits - To date, over 150,000 Medicare recipients have taken advantage of the benefit

March 14, 2011
Department of Justice Requests Expedited Hearing - Administration must file papers by April 4th

March 10, 2011
Administration Seeking Expedited Appeal - Asking the US Court of Appeals in Atlanta to speed its review of Judge Vinson's decision

March 8, 2011
HHS Unveils Preliminary Format for Rate Increase Notices - Companies would have to post electronically for rate increases ten percent or greater

March 1, 2011
States Legislative Bodies Back in Session - Issues surrounding implementation of healthcare reform front and center

February 28, 2011
States Seek Medicaid Waivers - Requesting waivers so they can reduce their Medicaid rolls.

February 25, 2011
States file response to Justice Department Request for clarification - Florida ruling means healthcare law need not be implemented

February 22, 2011
Anthem and Exeter Hospital Come to Agreement - Agreement keeps physicians and hospital in Anthem network

February 18, 2011
HHS Works With States on Medicaid Shortfalls - Teams being sent around country to help analyze budgets

February 14, 2011
Bipartisan House Bill Targets Medicare Fraud - Lax oversight of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program is in the spotlight

February 9, 2011
Provisions in Healthcare Law Raise Antitrust Concerns - Mergers and alliances could result in reduced competition and increased costs for consumers

February 7, 2011
Virginia to Ask For Expedited Supreme Court Ruling - Court rarely grants such hearings

February 3, 2011
Senate Votes to Repeal 1099 Reporting Requirement - Passed in Senate with a vote of 81-17

February 1, 2011
Federal Judge Rules Healthcare Law Unconstitutional - Entire law ruled unconstitutional

January 25, 2011
Two Massachusetts Insurers Exploring Merger - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan

January 24, 2011
Senate Republicans Want to Force Vote on Repeal of Healthcare - Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) says bill will not come up for a vote

January 20, 2011
House Votes to Repeal Healthcare Reform - Moves to Senate

January 19, 2011
House Debates Repeal of Healthcare Reform Today - Uncertain if Senate Majority Leader will bring it up for a vote in the Senate

January 18, 2011
Debate of Healthcare Reform Repeal Continues - Many call for civility in debate

January 13, 2011
No Agreement Between Anthem and Exeter Hospital - PPO, EPO, HMO, Access Blue, and Blue Choice Members impacted

January 12, 2011
Quest Diagnostics Lab Opens in Gilford - Good news for Anthem site of service members

January 11, 2011
Cigna Withdraws From Fully Insured Small Group Medical Market - Small groups with 50 or fewer employees affected

January 10, 2011
House Passes Procedural Measure - Allows a vote for Healthcare repeal

January 4, 2011
GOP House to Vote to Repeal Healthcare Reform Law - Vote scheduled for January 12th

December 31, 2010
Three NAHU Newswire Updates - Healthcare reform still front and center

December 22, 2010
New Rules for Insurance Premium Increases - HHS releases regulations

December 21, 2010
Employer Sponsored Healthcare Coverage Down - Three-Year Low

December 17, 2010
NAIC to Vote on Standardization of Health Policy Descriptions - Insurers would be required to provide benefit information on a standardized chart

December 14, 2010
Exeter Hospital will no longer be part of Anthem Network - Effective midnight, December 31st

December 14, 2010
As Expected, Judge Rules Healthcare Law Unconstitutional - The U.S. Supreme Court may make final decision

December 13, 2010
Federal Judge to Rule on Healthcare Challenge Today - Virginia challenge first of many

December 10, 2010
President Expected to Sign Medicare Reimbursement Freeze - Congress gave final approval Thursday

December 8, 2010
Medicare "Doc Fix" Agreement Tentative - One-year deal tentatively agreed up by Senate leaders

November 30, 2010
Health Care 1099 Tax Provision Not Repealed - Senate fails to meet necessary vote to overturn the provision

November 29, 2010
Health Exchanges to Include Minimum Benefits Requirements - Minimum benefits established by Congress

November 23, 2010
Medical Loss Ratio Rules Unveiled - Obama administration says rules will lead to more transparency

November 19, 2010
NH Receives $2.4 Million - Part of drug settlement

November 15, 2010
Employer Group Pushing Back on FSA Restrictions - Meanwhile, Senator Baucus to introduce a bill to kill 1099 filing requirement

November 10, 2010
Senator McConnell Plans to Join Suit - Challenging the constitutionality of the health reform law

November 9, 2010
Medicare Reimbursement Cuts Effective December First - Will be catastrophic for seniors

November 8, 2010
High Risk Pool Enrollment Disappointing - A little more than 8,000 have enrolled nationwide

November 4, 2010
Will Healthcare Legislation be Repealed? - Recent election could assure a re-examination of the law

November 1, 2010
HHS to Award Grants to Five States - Grants to assist in establishing Exchanges

October 28, 2010
Midterm Elections Could Impact Healthcare Reform - Impact will depend on what party controls the House and Senate

October 25, 2010
HHS Secretary Weighs in on NAIC Recommendations - Medical Loss Ratio recommendations "reasonable"

October 22, 2010
NAIC Executive Committee Endorses MLR - Broker and agent fees to be included in the calculation of expenses

October 21, 2010
Medical Loss Ratio Rules Forthcoming - NAIC executive committee set to vote on Thursday

October 20, 2010
UnitedHealth Project Announced - Aims to reduce costs for oncology drugs

October 16, 2010
Florida Federal Judge Allows Healthcare Lawsuit to Proceed - Twenty states have joined the challenge

October 14, 2010
Higher Premiums for Sick Children Allowed - Obama administration aiming to encourage health insurance companies to offer child-only policies

October 11, 2010
HHS Unable to Waive High Risk Pool Eligibility Requirements - No credible coverage the issue

October 8, 2010
Bill Proposed to Seek Public Opinion on Healthcare Reform - Introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)

October 6, 2010
Legal Challenges of Healthcare Law Moving Forward - Judges expected to rule on lawsuits

October 4, 2010
Shortfall of Doctors Predicted - Influx of millions of people into health system contributing to the cause

October 1, 2010
States Awarded Grants - Money to be used by states to help design new health insurance exchanges

September 30, 2010
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Dropping Medicare Advantage - Effective at the end of the year

September 27, 2010
Election Update - Impact of Health Care Reform

September 22, 2010
State Budgets Feeling the Pinch - Responsible for implementing healthcare reform law

September 21, 2010
Will Higher Prices Offset Medicare Drug Discounts? Patient advocacy groups concerned

September 20, 2010
Tax Credits Could Benefit 84% of Small Businesses - Companies with fewer than twenty-five workers and average wages of less than $50,000 could benefit

September 15, 2010
Repeal of Tax Requirement Rejected by Senate - Businesses will have to be ready to comply with Form 1099 reporting provision in healthcare reform

September 14, 2010
Hearing on Constitutionality of Healthcare Reform Taking Place This Week - Florida lawsuit is one of many

September 10, 2010
HHS Secretary Warns Insurers - Cease Blaming Premium Hikes on Health Reform

September 8, 2010
Healthcare Law Debate Continues - Midterm elections could bring changes

September 3, 2010
Healthcare Costs Shifting to Workers - Downturn in economy a factor

September 1, 2010
Docs4PatientCare Announce Waiting Room Campaign - Letter to patients to be posted in waiting rooms

August 30, 2010
Senate to Vote on Repeal of a Healthcare Reform Provision - 1099 reporting requirements for expenditures over $600 on the agenda

August 27, 2010
U.S. Hospitals Challenged with ERH Standard - Only two percent of hospitals meet federal criteria

August 24, 2010
Low-Cost Student Health Plans - Plans may not meet the criteria set forth in the Health Care Reform Legislation

August 23, 2010
Will Health Reform Destroy Private Companies? - Op-ed claims it will

August 18, 2010
Insurance Commissioners Meet - Approve what carries can count as medical costs

August 16, 2010
High Risk Pools Costly For Some - As of last week, 2,400 had applied for coverage in the 22 states the federal government is running

August 13, 2010
Hospital Bad Debt Tied to Insured Patients - May force them to collect copays up front

August 12, 2010
Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Fake Insurance Plans - Federal Trade Commission and state agencies involved

August 10, 2010
Suit Filed Against Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector - Man cannot afford health insurance premium

NOTICE For: August 9, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010 @ 1:00PM - Communications upgrade at NEEBCo - Outage possible

August 4, 2010
Missouran's Make a Statement - Vote against mandate in healthcare law

August 3, 2010
Virginia's Healthcare Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward - Federal Judge refused to dismiss suit

July 29, 2010
Small Business Threatened - Penalties a financial burden on small businesses

July 27, 2010
$2 Billion Paid in COBRA Subsidy Benefits - Covered 2 million households

July 21, 2010
Anthem Blue Cross President Resigns - Resignation announced Tuesday among criticism of rate increases

July 19, 2010
Arrests Made in Medicare Scams - Ninety-four arrested around country

July 15, 2010
No Cost Sharing for Preventive Services - Applies to insurance plans created after September 23, 2010

July 13, 2010
Medicare Part D - Credible Coverage Disclosure Notices Due by Nov. 14

July 8, 2010
1099 Reporting Requirements Changing - Change takes effect as of 2012

July 6, 2010
CDC Claims 90% of Patients Do Not Follow Medical Advice - Experts are asked to simplify communication

July 1, 2010
High Risk Pools in Several States Accepting Applications Today - Montana and Pennsylvania first states to offer coverage

June 30, 2010
Massachusetts Division of Insurance Releases Health Insurance Data - Number of sick people purchasing health insurance coverage only when sick quadrupled

June 28, 2010
Most State's High Risk Pools Accepting Applications Thursday - Larger states may miss deadline

June 25, 2010
Massachusetts Appeals Board Overturns Cap on Premium Increase - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care rate increase found to be reasonable

June 22, 2010
CBO Predicts Federal High-Risk Pool Will Require More Money - Could cost three times more than what is currently budgeted now

June 21, 2010
Medicare "Doc Fix" Passed - Cuts postponed until November 30th

June 15, 2010
President Postpones Medicare Physician Cuts - CMS to holding claims until Friday

June 14, 2010
Grandfathered Plan Status in Jeopardy - Obama Administration working on regulations that could cause many plans to lose their grandfathered status

June 11, 2010
Senate Democrats submit "Extender Bill" - Price tag about $140 Billion and adds about $77.5 billion to deficit

June 10, 2010
Medicare Payment Cuts May Increase Cost of Private Insurance - Average family pays an extra $1,500 in premium annually

June 9, 2010
Senate Democrats submit "Extender Bill" - Price tag about $140 Billion and adds about $77.5 billion to deficit

June 2, 2010
State Insurance Regulators Unable to Meet June 1 Deadline - Percentage of medical premium spent on claims at issue

June 1, 2010
HHS Director to Address Medicare Reimbursement Inequities - Geographic location a factor

May 28, 2010
Federal High Risk Pool Funding Inadequate? As few as 200,000 Americans may actually get benefits through the pool.

May 25, 2010
Massachusetts Health Insurers Taking Charge - Considering freezing or slashing payments to some hospitals and physician groups

May 24, 2010
CMS Issues Draft Agreement - Medicare Part D 50% discount on drugs

May 21, 2010
Congress to Extend Jobless Benefits Through End of Year - Medicare payment cuts delayed until 2014

May 20, 2010
Cadillac Tax" Could Impact 60% or More of Large Employers - 40% Tax is not deductible

May 18, 2010
Massachusetts Health Insurers 1st Quarter Losses Over $100 Million - Insurers blame Governor and Department of Insurance

May 17, 2010
Lead Lobbying Group for Small Business Joins Healthcare Law Suit - Has joined 20 states in legal challenge

May 13, 2010
CBO Increases Health Care Reform Costs by $115 Billion - Health Care Reform could top $1 Trillion

May 12, 2010
Rules for Extending Dependent Coverage Released - White House issued rules allowing young adults to remain on parents' policies up to age 26

May 10, 2010
Mental Health Parity Delay Requested - Employer Groups and Insurers request re-work of rule

May 6, 2010
HHS Secretary Writes State Regulators - Urges them to scrutinize WellPoint rate increases

May 4, 2010
CMS Issues Preliminary Guideline on 'Doughnut Hole" - Discount to be at point of sale

May 3, 2010
Health Care Reform Fails to Address College Health Plans - School sponsored plans may exploit students

April 29, 2010
Will Supreme Court Uphold Mandatory Insurance Mandate - Professor of constitutional law argues no

April 28, 2010
Rescissions Ceased For Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions - WellPoint, Blue Shield of California will stop the practice of dropping sick policyholders

April 23, 2010
Federal High Risk Pool Opens in July - ONLY uninsured with pre-existing health conditions can apply

April 22, 2010
All But Three State Lose Medicaid Funds - Arizona, Masschusetts, and New Mexico

April 21, 2010
Three Carriers to Keep Young Adults on Parents' Policy - Agreed to do so prior to law taking effect

April 15, 2010
Massachusetts State Senator Asking Healthcare Providers for $100 Million - Attempt to control health insurance costs for small businesses

April 13, 2010
Judge Denies Injunctive Relief - States insurers had not exhausted their right to appeal administratively

April 8, 2010
Massachusetts Rate Rejection Not Resolved - Two carriers resume making new policies at last years rates

April 6, 2010
Suit Filed in Massachusetts - Six insurers and an industry trade group filed suit Monday in response to rejected proposed premium increases

April 5, 2010
HHS Secretary Seeks to Establish High Risk Pools - Looks to states to see how they would like to proceed

April 1, 2010
Maine Court to Rule on Rejected Premium Increase - Meanwhile, Massachusetts regulators reject 9 out of 10 rate increase requests

March 31, 2010
Sebelius Flexes Muscle - Children with pre-existing conditions to be covered as of September

March 29, 2010
President to Sign Final Healthcare Bill Tuesday - Some reforms start immediately

March 24, 2010
Healthcare Bill Signed Into Law - High-income households to pay more in Medicare taxes

March 23, 2010
Campaign to Repeal Healthcare Reform Launched - Will carryover into the 2010 elections

March 22, 2010
House Passes Healthcare Bill 219-212 - Battle moves to Senate and Courts

March 19, 2010
President Cancels Trip to Asia - Anticipates vote on healthcare reform bill Sunday

March 18, 2010
President Defends Healthcare Reform - Up or down vote uncertain

March 17, 2010
Will Healthcare Reform Pass Without a Vote - Controversy swirls over "Deem and Pass"

March 16, 2010
Could Health Care Bill be Passed Without a Vote? What is being called a "sleight of hand" could do just that

March 15, 2010
House Still Looking For Votes to Pass Health Care Bill - President postponed trip to Asia to work on passage

March 9, 2010
President Critical of Health Insurers - Meanwhile states question federal health insurance rate regulation

March 8, 2010
President Pressing for Health Reform Bill - Would like resolution prior to Easter recess

March 4, 2010
Medicare Covers Fraction of Elderly Health Expenses - Lifetime expenses for a couple after age 65 close to $200,000

March 3, 2010
Medicare Covers Fraction of Elderly Health Expenses - Lifetime expenses for a couple after age 65 close to $200,000

March 2, 2010
President Gives Reconciliation Nod - Democrats work to gather majority support

February 26, 2010
No Resolution in Health Care Summit - Is reconciliation the answer?

February 22, 2010
Healthcare Summit Set for Thursday - Will be broadcast live

February 19, 2010
Senator Gregg Offers "CPR" to White House - Suggestions for Healthcare Reform

February 18, 2010
Healthcare Summit Set For Next Week - Sebelius says House and Senate Bills are the starting point for discussions

February 16, 2010
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi Urges Reconciliation - Democrats say no need to abandon the idea

February 6, 2010
Progressives Pushing Public Healthcare Option - Talks to include Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

February 5, 2010
NEEBCo Employees Continues to Support Local Charity - Friends of Forgotten Children (FOFC)

February 4, 2010
House Democratic Leaders Introducing Plan B Healthcare Reform Friday - Piecemeal approach now being considered

February 2, 2010
Healthcare Reform Taking Place in Some States - At least 11 states considering expansion of healthcare coverage

January 31, 2010
Is Health Reform Dead or Alive - Depending on whom you listen to, it could be different

January 30, 2010
Fort Dearborn Life Becomes Dearborn Life - Name change became effective January 4, 2010

January 28, 2010
President Urges Congress to Pass Health Reform - House Speaker suggests two-track plan

January 25, 2010
White House Plans to Continue Push for Major Healthcare Reform - Vows to not walk away from American people

January 22, 2010
Pelosi Concedes - She does not have the votes to get the Senate bill through the House

January 21, 2010
President Signals New Tack for Healthcare Reform - No new approach decided on

January 20, 2010
Current Health Reform Bills Could be in Jeopardy - Election of Brown in Massachusetts has lawmakers re-thinking their stance

January 15, 2010
Late Night Agreement Made - "Cadillac Plan" Tax will go into effect in 2018

January 13, 2010
Hidden Costs of Health Reform - Patients to bear additional costs

January 12, 2010
President Signals he May Compromise on "Cadillac Plan" Tax - Labor Unions oppose tax on these plans

January 7, 2010
States Worried About Health Reform Cost Shift - Financial burdens may by force many further into debt

January 6, 2010
No Plans to Appoint a "Formal" House-Senate Conference Committee on Health Reform - Republicans will be excluded from process

January 4, 2010
Twenty-Three Million Could Remain Uninsured Under Healthcare Reform - Constitutionality of reform may make it to the Supreme Court.

December 30, 2009
Is the Nebraska Medicaid Deal "Unconstitutional"? - Ten conservative states prepare lawsuit to challenge Senate reform bill

December 29, 2009
Senate Passed Healthcare Reform Bill - Now the House and Senate must merge the two bills

December 21, 2009
Senate and House pass H.R. 3326, Defense Appropriations Bill - COBRA Subsidy Extension Provisions Included in House-Passed Defense Appropriations Bill

December 18, 2009
COBRA Subsidy Extension Could Be Voted on Before Christmas - Senate has attached it to Defense spending bill

December 17, 2009
Cobra Stimulus Scheduled to End - House has acted to extend benefit but Senate has not

December 16, 2009
Uncertain if Healthcare Bill Will Make it to Presidents Desk Before Year End - President Obama cautiously optimistic

December 15, 2009
Senator Lieberman (I-CT) Opposed to Medicare Buy-in - Threatened to join Republicans in Senate vote

December 14, 2009
Last Weeks Round-up on Healthcare Reform - Managers Amendment sent to CBO for review

December 11, 2009
Reimportation of Prescription Drugs Stalls Senate Healthcare Debate - Could undo agreement between Whitehouse and Pharmaceutical Industry

December 4, 2009
Senator Snowe Asks CBO for Data on Reform Bill - Looking for state specific information on how reform would impact premiums

December 3, 2009
AARP Supports Medicare Cuts in Senate Healthcare Bill - McCain claims cuts to Medicare would impact seniors' access to quality care

December 1, 2009
The Partisan Healthcare Debate Continues - Senator Reid confident the Senate will pass a healthcare bill

November 30, 2009
Senate Set to Debate Healthcare Reform Today - Doubtful if 60 votes there to advance legislation

November 25, 2009
Thanksgiving Items Delivered to Friends of Forgotten Children - Donation made by NEEBCo employees

November 23, 2009
Senate Votes to Start Healthcare Debate - Side by Side Comparison of Both Bills

November 20, 2009
Senate Set to Vote on Saturday Night - First Vote to allow debate on Senate floor

November 19, 2009
Senate Bill Released - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act H.R. 3590

November 18, 2009
Senate May See Health Bill this Week - Special caucus meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Wednesday

November 16, 2009
Senate Waiting on CBO to Release Cost of Senate Healthcare Reform Bill - Debate could start next week

November 13, 2009
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care #1 Commercial Health Plan - Top ranked plan for five consecutive years

November 12, 2009
Senate May Start Healthcare Debate Next Week - House prepared to remain in session until December 22nd

November 9, 2009
House Passes Health Care Reform Bill - Vote: 220-215

November 6, 2009
President Touts Endorsement of AARP and AMA - Urges Congress to pass healthcare reform

November 4, 2009
Healthcare Reform Legislation Could be Pushed to 2010 - Senate Democrats may not have the 60 votes to prevent a filibuster

November 2, 2009
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Cuts - MRI's and CT scans are targets of cuts

October 30, 2009
House Releases "Affordable Health Care for America Act" - Uncertain if they have enough votes to pass it

October 29, 2009
Public Option Has Some Democrats Concerned - Reid may not have votes to push through a public option in final Senate version.

October 26, 2009
Public Option May be Included in the Final Bill - House and Senate Democratic leaders may be close to agreement on some sort of public option.

October 21, 2009
Senator Reid Backs Away From Separate Medicare Doctor Payment Bill - $247 billion cost over 10 years not offset or paid for

October 20, 2009
Baucus Introduces Senate Finance Health Reform Legislation - closed-door talks to reconcile the two committees' bills will resume in Harry Reid's (D-NV) office

October 19, 2009
Healthcare Debate Heating Up - Many seniors oppose health reform despite Administration's concessions

October 16, 2009
NAHU Releases Side by Side Comparison - Senate and House Committees Versions of Healthcare Reform

October 13, 2009
Today is the Day - Vote on Baucus plan expected in Senate Finance Committee today

October 12, 2009
Democratic Healthcare Reform Would Take Three Years to Implement - Increased Taxes and Medicare cuts would start immediately

October 9, 2009
Senate Finance Committee to vote on Baucus Plan - Vote expected next Tuesday.

October 8, 2009
It's in, Baucus Bill: $829 Billion Over Ten Years - CBO analysis finds it would reduce deficit by $81 billion over decade

October 7, 2009
Congressional Business Office Has Yet to Release Finance Committee Bill Score - Some question if it is a sign of bad news.

October 6, 2009
Senate Finance Committee Delays Vote - Waiting for Congressional Business Office review

October 5, 2009
Senate Version of Health Care Reform Scheduled For Vote - Some Democrats refused to pledge support for the bill.

October 1, 2009
Governor Lynch launches HealthFirst - A new wellness-focused insurance plan for small businesses

October 1, 2009
Medicaid Enrollment Increased at Higher Than Expected Rate - Federal aid in stimulus package lessened gap on state budgets

September 30, 2009
Senate Finance Committee Votes Against Public Option - Two additional attempts to add a public option fail.

September 29, 2009
Some States Considering State Constitutional Amendment to Ban Individual Mandate - Legal challenges could cause delays in healthcare changes

September 28, 2009
House Democrats Consider Tax on High Cost Health Plans - May threaten coverage for middle class

September 25, 2009
Health Care Reform Update - Senate Finance Committee pushing through markup version of bill

September 23, 2009
Health Care Reform Bill Would Limit Flex Accounts - flexible spending account contributions to $2,000 per year

September 22, 2009
Major Revision to Baucus Bill Expected - Increased subsidies to moderate income Americans

September 21, 2009
Amendments Could Change Baucus Health Reform Bill - Both sides offer changes.

September 18, 2009
H1N1 Planning Guide for Small Businesses is Available - Released by Homeland Security

September 18, 2009
Senator Baucus' Healthcare Reform Plan Criticized by Both Parties - Plan is too costly to all

September 17, 2009
Data Indicates Massachusetts has Highest Family Coverage Premium in Nation - Average family premium was $13,788 in 2008

September 10, 2009
President Urged Congress to Come Together to Pass Healthcare Reform - Public option still on the table

September 9, 2009
President Obama's Speech to Joint Session of Congress

September 8, 2009
Healthcare Reform Continues to Heat Up. Public option still in the forefront.

September 4, 2009
President to Address Joint Session of Congress - Healthcare Reform is on the Agenda

September 1, 2009
Are Your College Students Covered Under Your Insurance Plans?

August 24, 2009
Healthcare Reform Updates Suggest Scale Down - Representative D. Hoyer says public option may need to be eliminated to pass bill

August 18, 2009
The Healthcare Debate Heats Up! Let Your Elected Officials Know Your Opinion

August 14, 2009
MVP Expands Network Providers Signs Concord Orthopedics and others.

August 13, 2009
Congress in Recess - Healthcare Reform Debate Continues to Heat Up!

July 16, 2009
Governor Signs SB115 - Expands Healthy Kids Program

July 15, 2009
NEEBCo Proud Sponsor 2009 Babe Ruth Softball 16U World Series in Concord NH

July 8, 2009
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO, Charles D. Baker, Resigns

June 26, 2009
CIGNA HealthCare Announces Changes

June 2, 2009
IRS releases 2010 HSA Requirements

May 27, 2009
NEEBCo Participates in Rock'n Race 2009

April 17, 2009
One Time Economic Recovery Payment

March 19, 2009
Department of Labor Issues COBRA and ARRA Model Notices

February 18, 2009
COBRA Premium Subsidy - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

February 6, 2009
Mandatory Insurer Reporting Law becomes effective January 1, 2009

January 23, 2009
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Chosen as New Carrier for NH Healthy Kids

January 9, 2009
Stop & Shop Offering Free Antibiotics

December 23, 2008
IRS 2009 Mileage Rate Changes

December 4, 2008
Generic Drugs Save YOU Money

November 21, 2008
NEEBCo Assists New Hampshire Food Bank

November 12, 2008
2-1-1 New Hampshire

November 5, 2008
Acute Care Hospital Comparison Released by NH Insurance Department

October 29, 2008
2009 HDHP and HSA Regulatory Limits Released

October 22, 2008
The Great American Smokeout is November 20th!

July 21, 2008
LRGHealthcare and Anthem Reach Agreement

July 17, 2008
Law Passes Requiring Coverage for Obesity & Morbid Obesity

May 19, 2008
SB540 FN Approved by House

April 16, 2008
Anthem and LRGH Healthcare Physicians Contract Expires

March 25, 2008
SB540 Passes New Hampshire Senate

December 27, 2007
Civil Union Questions Answered

September 25, 2007
Insurance Department issues clarification on SB197 and HB 790

 
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