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Richard Pollock: Another Obamacare Health Co-Op Ends in Failure

The Daily Caller
Mon, 2015-07-27
Bleeding cash, the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) announced Friday that Louisiana’s Obamacare health insurance co-op will be closing its doors by the end of 2015. It will be the second collapse of an Obamacare health care co-op this year and the third since the Obama administration rolled them out in 2012 as a competitor to commercial health insurance companies.
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Ricardo Alonso-Zalvidar: High Costs Plague Some State-Run Health Insurance Markets

The Associated Press
Mon, 2015-07-27
State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.
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Glenn Howatt: More in Minnesota Have Health Coverage but Still Can't Afford to Be Sick

Star Tribune
Sun, 2015-07-26
The number of Minnesotans struggling to pay their medical bills is rising sharply, despite an increase in the number of residents who have health insurance. In the past year, Minnesota’s main hospital and clinic groups filed nearly 9,000 lawsuits against people with large or long-standing medical debts — a sharp increase since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of court records.
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Andrea K. McDaniels: State's Health Exchange Settlement Not a Done Deal

The Baltimore Sun
Thu, 2015-07-23
The settlement announced this week between the state and Noridian Healthcare Services over Maryland's bungled online health exchange is not quite a done deal. The $45 million deal must still be approved by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. attorney's office for Maryland and the North Dakota insurance regulators, who oversee Noridian Healthcare's parent company.
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Josh Archambault and Christie Herrera: The Hubris Of Gov. Bill Walker's Obamacare Medicaid Expansion In Alaska

Forbes
Thu, 2015-07-23
Last week, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced that he will bypass the legislative process and implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion by executive fiat. Walker’s announcement should be no surprise to Obamacare proponents – after all, President Obama has maltreated his executive authority dozens of times to amend his signature law. But expansion may come as a shock to Alaska’s legislative leadership, who last month brokered an informal arrangement with the governor to put Medicaid expansion on hold until 2016.
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Rachana Pradhan: California May Let Undocumented Immigrants Buy Obamacare

Politico
Fri, 2015-07-17
California lawmakers and activists are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance. Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldn’t start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the president’s health-care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy.
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Abby Goodnough: Over Objections of Legislature, Alaska’s Governor Says He Will Expand Medicaid

The New York Times
Thu, 2015-07-16
After failing to persuade his Legislature to expand Medicaid, Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska said Thursday that he planned to unilaterally accept the federal funds available to cover more low-income residents under the program.
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Peter Hancock: Kobach Urges Congress to Ratify Health Care Compact That He Says Would Avoid Obamacare

Lawrence Journal-World
Mon, 2015-07-13
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is urging Congress to ratify a mechanism that he says would give states an avenue to exempt themselves from the Affordable Care Act. But critics of the plan have said the plan could jeopardize the health care of people who receive other forms of federal health care benefits, including more than 450,000 seniors in Kansas on Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly.
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Arian Campo-Flores: Kentucky Is New Test Case of Health Law’s Politics

The Wall Street Journal
Sun, 2015-07-12
For a Southern state where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular and Republicans dominate federal elections, Kentucky stands out for having created a well-regarded health exchange and having expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That dynamic will be put to the test in November’s gubernatorial election.
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Aaron C. Davis: D.C. Residents to Lose Some Insurance Options next Year on Health Exchange

The Washington Post
Fri, 2015-07-10
District residents who want to purchase individual insurance plans on the city’s health exchange will have fewer options next year. In fact, individuals searching for more flexibility than that offered by health maintenance organizations will have just one carrier to choose from — and the cost for some of its plans may jump by double digits.
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