Economics Daily Digest: Employer mandate, union busting, political donors

 :: Posted by admin on 03-24-2015

Economics Daily Digest: Employer mandate, union busting, political donors
ACA budget projections were based on an assumption that employers would continue to privately fund (through stockholders/corporate labor costs) their own employees' health care costs. If there is a wholesale dump by corporations, it throws the math off …
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Deadline approaching for affordable healthcare

 :: Posted by admin on 03-24-2015

Deadline approaching for affordable healthcare
Officials say the penalty is designed to entice people they get health insurance. You can sign up for healthcare at two store front locations for Access Health CT. One is located in New Haven on Church Street, the other is in New Britain. Or you can …
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Rhode Island is too small to sustain its Obamacare exchange, so it's raising taxes
In 2009, the idea was to follow Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Washington in setting up a government-run health benefits exchange. The hope (at least as publicly expressed) was that an exchange would help the state expand access to insurance while …
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Employee or contractor? Health care law raises stakes
The law requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide them with health insurance that meets certain criteria deemed to make it affordable. Ian Shane, a … Gary Cuozzo, owner of the ISG Software Group in Wallingford, Connecticut …
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Federal Judge Sets Hearing in Alabama on Same-Sex Marriage

 :: Posted by admin on 03-24-2015

Federal Judge Sets Hearing in Alabama on Same-Sex Marriage
By Tuesday afternoon, more probate judges were issuing licenses; those refusing were in 44 of Alabama's 67 counties, down from 54 on Monday, according to a tally kept by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. Among those resisting was Judge …
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Nick Saban sounds unsure of Lane Kiffin's plans, but Alabama recruits need to
It's not important that Alabama fans or interested bystanders know Kiffin's plans right this minute, but there's another group of stakeholders who deserve to know as soon as possible. With National Signing Day exactly two weeks away, recruits that play …
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House leadership scheduled floor vote on Alabama congressman's Obamacare
"Millions of people are now insured with good, comprehensive health insurance like Blue Cross and United Health Care. The law is saving the country money, and health care costs have at last begun to slow down. It's just not right to yank away millions …
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Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan

 :: Posted by admin on 03-24-2015

Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan
Hearings on the plan by Gov. Bill Walker opened Feb. 16 in a House Finance subcommittee. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson made the case for expansion, citing improved health care for Alaskans, lower near-term costs …
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Alaska Air Group has 5th straight record year, profit up 49%
Air Group Chief Financial Officer Brandon Pederson said the company saved $ 42 million on fuel in the fourth quarter because of lower prices. Alaska Air Group purchases fuel call options that act as an “insurance policy” and hedge against sudden price …
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More States Eye Use of Drug Formularies in Workers' Compensation

 :: Posted by admin on 03-23-2015

More States Eye Use of Drug Formularies in Workers' Compensation
States are looking at incorporating the group health model to help manage pharmacy costs that are raising overall medical costs for workers' compensation, he said. The way drug formularies work varies by … kind of formulary is implemented,” said Pew …
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Davey discusses Games bid, says Lake Quinsigamond might not measure up
It may be years before the Olympic Games come to Massachusetts – that is, if they come – but even though they would focus on Boston, there are opportunities for the rest of the Bay State to take part, the head of the group behind the bid told business …
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Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative: Self-Insured Participation

 :: Posted by admin on 03-23-2015

Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative: Self-Insured Participation
Among private sector entities in Arkansas with more than 50 employees that also offer health insurance, approximately 56 percent self-insure at least one plan (compared to approximately 65 percent nationwide). Several self-insured employer purchasers …
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Cardiologist plans medical park near Baptist Health
Dr. James Thomas, a cardiologist at Central Arkansas Heart Center of the Conway Regional Health System, is planning to build a medical park next to the new Baptist Health Medical Center currently under construction off Interstate 40 in Conway. Thomas …
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GAO report says Arkansas' Private Option plan 8 million over budget
The law also prevents state agencies from publicizing the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the exchange where consumers can purchase subsidized health insurance. The group also will advocate for a smoother enrollment process. The Darragh …
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Active Stocks On The Run – Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ

 :: Posted by admin on 03-22-2015

Active Stocks On The Run – Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ
Formerly on March 6, Amarin Corporation plc (AMRN), a biopharmaceutical corporation focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health, declared that it has reached a definitive securities subscription …
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Chronicle AM: Marijuana Legal in Alaska Tomorrow, Kosher MedMJ in NY
Alaska's Measure 2 legalization begins to kick in tomorrow, the UFCW organizes medical marijuana workers in Minnesota, Chuck Schumer wants more drug war money, India bans the new synthetic drug mephedrone, and more. Let's get to it: … The bill now …
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Courting Disaster: 'There's No Humanity In What's Going On'

 :: Posted by admin on 03-22-2015

Courting Disaster: 'There's No Humanity In What's Going On'
Arizona's health insurance exchange is run by the federal government because the state declined to establish its own.The lawsuit before the Supreme Court claims subsidies are only legal in state-run exchanges, not federal ones. What really concerns …
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Reflections on the Oral Argument in the Arizona Independent Redistricting
We see the same potential complexity in the pending Obamacare case, King v. Burwell, where liberal rather than conservative Justices will likely construe the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in a particular way so as to avoid imposing costs on states …
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Goodlatte's staff to hold community office hours

 :: Posted by admin on 03-22-2015

Goodlatte's staff to hold community office hours
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte's staff will hold open community office hours from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Montvale Library, 11575 West Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. A staffer will be available to meet with citizens, discuss problems they have with the …
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GOP Lawmakers Sink MT Medicaid Expansion Plan
Obamacare's tenuous toehold in Montana appears to be growing no firmer. Despite a hearing crowded with supporters of the Democratic governor's Medicaid expansion bill, Republican legislators have dealt the measure a likely death blow. Republicans …
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Medicaid Enrollment Surges Across the U.S.
Much of the focus of the health care law in recent months has centered on whether the government could get millions of people to sign up for private health insurance through federal or state exchanges. But the Affordable Care Act also expands health …
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Health plan vote irks some, Northwest Arkansas lawmaker says

 :: Posted by admin on 03-22-2015

Health plan vote irks some, Northwest Arkansas lawmaker says
FAYETTEVILLE — Most constituents accept his decision to support the governor's plan on health care, but there was some backlash, a Northwest Arkansas lawmaker said at a legislative forum in Fayetteville on Friday. Rep. Justin Harris, R-West Fork, was …
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CMS gives Arkansas, Iowa more leeway in Medicaid expansion waivers
The accounts can also accrue money that can be used to cover health insurance costs if they transition out of the private option, either to employer-sponsored coverage or to a private plan they purchase if their income rises above the threshold for …
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In Arkansas, Cost To Insure Working Poor Through 'Private Option' Dropping
First, a bit of background here: One of the top concerns for adopting an alternative for Medicaid expansion is, of course, rising costs. Expanding Medicaid, as has been reported here, is impossible in Texas during this 84th Legislative Session. The …
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