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First Edition: April 24, 2014

Friday, 25 April 2014 02:00
Today's headlines include a number of reports about how the health law is playing in midterm election campaigns. The Wall Street Journal: Small Businesses Find Benefits, Costs As They Navigate Affordable Care Act Many small businesses won a reprieve from having to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act until 2015 or later. But the law is already having a lasting impact on how lots of owners choose to run their companies.
State health exchange meets goals
Friday, 25 April 2014 01:16
Sen. Roberts worries about exchange’s plansDENVER – Insurance brokers in Southwest Colorado are worried the state’s new health-insurance exchange is going to branch out into other lines of business, Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, said Thursday at an oversight hearing for the exchange. Connect for Health Colorado CEO Patty Fontneau confirmed that the exchange might one day market life-insurance policies, along with the health-insurance policies it was set up to sell.
The connection between the Affordable Care Act, charity care
Friday, 25 April 2014 01:16
From October 2013 through March 2014, the nation received its first experience with purchasing health insurance through a web-based health insurance exchange. More health insurance options are now available, especially for those previously denied coverage by reason of pre-existing medical condition. Early last fall, BJC HealthCare — along with many hospitals, community health centers, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Regional Health Commission — began working with patients and families to help our community…
Affordable Care Act Symposium Being Held At Bay Point Wyndham
Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:01
PANAMA CITY BEACH - "Obamacare" is now the law of the land, but a lot of people still don't know how it works or how it's going to effect them and their businesses. Gulf Coast State College is trying to help bridge the information gap, staging a two day 'Surviving and Thriving' symposium at the Bay Point Wyndham Resort.
Louisiana prisoner released after 41 years in solitary
Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:16
A 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was released from prison late on Tuesday, his lawyers said. Late on Tuesday, US district chief judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge denied the state's motion seeking to block his earlier order overturning Herman Wallace's 1974 murder conviction in the death of Angola prison guard Brent Miller.
Oregon leaders to vote on scrapping health insurance exchange
Thursday, 24 April 2014 21:45
DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials will vote Friday on whether to become the first state to scrap its troubled insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, after spending an estimated $248 million on an ambitious exchange that failed in spectacular fashion. Not a single insurance seeker was able to enroll online in a private plan under the Affordable Care Act in this high-tech state, which has long prided itself on healthcare innovation and whose…
Poll: Southerners Don’t Like Obamacare But Don’t Want To Repeal It
Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:17 Written by
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Caddo leaders say state Medicaid expansion should be put to vote
Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:16
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Ark-La-Tex leaders are pushing to expand access to low cost health care for their constituents, including thousands of residents in Caddo Parish. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover and Caddo Parish Commissioner Stephanie Lynch are working on plans to expand affordable health care here in the Shreveport area. "We have a chance to be able to put this before the voters on the ballot on November fourth and have the citizens of the…
Bobby Jindal's 2008 Stark Raving Socialist Healthcare Plan
Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:46 Written by
Hat tip to Robert Mann of the Times-Picayune. Now, I know why Bobby Jindal is opposed to Obamacare. He wanted something a lot more liberal for the Lake Charles region of Louisiana. Seriously, if Obamacare's Medicaid expansion were this good, it would be the best liberal wet dream short of single payer: A federally-supported demonstration program in Region 5 (Lake Charles region) that will offer full access to affordable coverage to virtually all residents of…
The Aggressive Marketing of The Affordable Care Act Raises Ethics Issues
Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:46
As President Obama was in the midst of his unseemly, unwise and typically unleaderlike victory lap over the Obamacare sign-up figures, Tonight Show comic Jimmy Fallon had the cheek to point out that it’s amazing how many people will sign up for something when the law says they have to. (In a slightly different version of the same point, Daily Standard editor Bill Kristol said on ABC today that this is like saying, “…you’ve got…
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