Category: The Affordable Care Act

The Countdown to October 1, 2013: HHS Builds Partnerships to Increase Enrollment in the Marketplace

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, recently announced partnerships with pharmacies to increase enrollment in the Health Insurance  Marketplace, which is scheduled to open for enrollment on October 1, 2013. According to the announcement, these pharmacies will “take an active role in outreach and education to […]

Innovator Spotlight: Sally Poblete, Founder & CEO, Wellthie, Inc. — http://wellthie.com

We will be posting feature articles from time to time in an effort to showcase various industry leaders and their exciting contributions to the health care and life sciences industries. When Sally Poblete decided to start Wellthie, Inc., she had one primary goal in mind: to make health care delivery […]

Sunshine Act Brochures Provide Highlights for Patients and Physicians

The National Physician Payment Transparency Program, also known as Open Payments, affects many health care industry participants.  Accordingly, even though applicable manufacturers and applicable group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are the only entities required to report data under the program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is not overlooking patients […]

Do Exchanges Protect Data Privacy? State Officials Worry

During the last several weeks, officials in multiple states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia have expressed concerns regarding data privacy risks presented by programs that assist consumers with enrollment in health insurance via the Health Insurance Exchanges […]

CBO Estimates Employer Mandate and Related ACA Delays To Cost $12 Billion

On July 30, 2013, the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (“JCT”) raised their estimate of the 10-year net cost of the health insurance coverage provisions under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by $12 billion to $1,375 billion.  At the request of Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of […]

HHS Requests Information Regarding the Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Requirements

On August 1, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding the nondiscrimination provisions set forth in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). This Section prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, […]

U.S. House of Representatives Vote to Delay Employer and Individual Mandates

On July 17, 2013, the U. S. House of Representatives (the “House”) voted on two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”): the employer and individual mandates. The House voted 264-161 on H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, to delay the employer mandate for a year.  Additionally, the House voted […]