Breaking News: Connecticut to Make Decision on Health Plan Change Today

A few states including California, New York, and Massachussetts have decided that they will not allow consumers with canceled plans keep their insurance under the ACA. Governor Malloy will decide today whether he will follow their lead or let Connecticut residents keep theirs. In the past, he has been critical of President Obama’s decision to allow consumers to keep their insurance.  Malloy will announce his decision outside the car show at the Connecticut Convention Center later today.

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Legislation Extends Medicare Overpayment Recovery Period

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed by President Obama earlier this month, contains a provision which extends the period Medicare contractors are permitted to collect overpayment from three years to five, a stipulation estimated to result in an additional $500 million in Medicare recovery.

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Monday Morning Recap

Last week was a busy one on the HMS Healthcare Management Solutions blog.  Here’s a recap of last week’s healthcare highlights you might have missed, including the latest installment of our series on Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management.

Insurance Rates Rising Despite PPACA Objectives

Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some of their customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stop rising consumer insurance costs.

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Health Exchange Application Deadline Extended

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsLate last week, the Obama administration announced the state-based Exchange Blueprint application had been extended to December 14.

The exchanges, a pillar of the healthcare law, are designed to allow Americans who don’t get coverage through work to buy insurance on the internet.  Though they are slated to be fully operational by next fall, only 15 states, including Connecticut, have established an exchange.

States must notify the federal government by November 16 whether they intend to run their own exchange or defer to Washington.

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Election 2012: Obama, Murphy, Esty Among Election Day Winners

President Barack Obama won four more years in office on Tuesday, describing his victory over Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a call to action that would help move the U.S. past the difficult times endured during the past four years and promising “the best is yet to come.”

Obama won Connecticut’s seven electoral votes in a state where registered Democrats heavily outnumber registered GOP voters.

Other notable Connecticut results include Representative Christopher S. Murphy (D) defeating wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R) in the race to succeed Senator Joseph Lieberman and Elizabeth Esty defeating Andrew Roraback to take the seat vacated by Chris Murphy in his run for the U.S. Senate.

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Election 2012: What To Watch For As Polls Across The Country Close

The winner of the presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will have a tremendous impact on entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid. And the race could also impact the implementation of the 2010 federal health-care law. Tonight’s victor could potentially fill as many as two or three Supreme Court vacancies — with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at age 79, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia at 76, and Stephen Breyer at 74 — changing the court’s political composition for decades.

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Hurricane Safety Tips

As Storm Sandy continues to pummel the Northeast, residents in the path of the storm are urged to heed warnings from state and local officials.  Earlier today, President Obama spoke from the White House Briefing Room and the White House released guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) listed below.

  • Follow Directions Of Local Officials: If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Know The Forecast: Continue to monitor your NOAA Weather Radio and your local news for severe weather updates, warnings and watches. Follow your forecast at weather.gov on your computer or mobile.weather.gov on your smartphone.
  • Turn Around: The potential for heavy rains can also lead to flooding, or flash flooding in some areas. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous.
  • Be Prepared: Be sure to stock up on emergency supplies of batteries, candles, water and non-perishable items. Visit ready.gov for more tips
  • Check On Neighbors: Make sure your neighbors, especially the elderly and infirmed, are safe and sound.
  • Find Shelters: Check the Red Cross for shelters in your area.

Election 2012: Vice Presidential Debate Addresses Healthcare

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsLast night’s vice presidential debate highlighted the clash between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan over their competing plans for Medicare and Social Security, two topics of deep concern to older voters.

Ryan accused the Obama administration of “getting caught with its hand in the cookie jar,” and Biden charged the plans proposed by Ryan and Republican candidate Mitt Romney would privatize Medicare and wind up cutting benefits for younger people as they approached retirement age.

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Election 2012: Obama’s Healthcare Lead Slips Post Debate

According to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, Mitt Romney is closing in on President Obama on issues surrounding healthcare.  The slide comes after last week’s presidential debate, the first of three scheduled for this month.

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