Health and Human Services (HHS) http://www.kunc.org en Colorado’s Plan To Cut Ski-Town Health Premiums Gets Approval http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-s-plan-cut-ski-town-health-premiums-gets-approval <p>The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has approved Colorado's plan to consolidate several rating areas to reduce health insurance premiums in rural and mountain communities.</p><p>Local officials in mountain resort areas west of Denver had been crying ‘foul’ over sky-high premiums, <a href="http://kunc.org/post/10-places-where-health-insurance-costs-most">which were among the highest in the nation.</a></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:20:49 +0000 Erin OToole 56751 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado’s Plan To Cut Ski-Town Health Premiums Gets Approval Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag http://www.kunc.org/post/enrollment-jumps-healthcaregov-though-totals-still-lag Enrollment in the federal government's new health insurance exchange picked up sharply in November, but the number of people signing up for coverage still trails original forecasts. Officials from the Obama administration say they expect the pace of enrollments will continue to increase now that the insurance website is working more smoothly.<p>Users have until Dec. 23 to <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">sign up for coverage</a> that begins in January.<p>As of Nov. 30, more than 137,000 people had obtained health insurance through the federal website, which serves consumers in 36 states. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 52721 at http://www.kunc.org Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge http://www.kunc.org/post/notices-canceling-health-insurance-leave-many-edge President Obama repeated this line or a variation of it many times during the campaign to pass his landmark health care bill: "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period."<p>But while that might be true for people who get health insurance through their employer, it's not true for many people who buy their policies in the individual market — about 5 percent of the nation's policyholders.<p>At a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the president had not broken his promise. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:00:00 +0000 John Ydstie 51381 at http://www.kunc.org Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge Lessons About Insurance In The Obamacare Data Dump http://www.kunc.org/post/lessons-about-insurance-obamacare-data-dump This week the Department of Health and Human Services released a ton of information about how insurance sold in 36 states under the Affordable Care Act will work.<p>Most of it came <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketplacePremiums/datasheet_home.cfm">in the form of data</a> showing the number of carriers and their premium prices in hundreds of regions.<p>Until now we've seen information on subsidized policies to be sold through online marketplaces released in trickles by states that are creating their own online portals.<p>The federal data covers states that dumped all or pa Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:34:00 +0000 50120 at http://www.kunc.org Lessons About Insurance In The Obamacare Data Dump For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly http://www.kunc.org/post/hospital-patients-observation-status-can-prove-costly If you're on Medicare and you're in the hospital for a few days, you may think you're an inpatient. The hospital may have other ideas. Increasingly, hospitals are placing older patients on "observation status." They may be there for days, but technically they're still outpatients.<p>This is a big deal for someone on Medicare because follow-up treatment in a nursing home isn't covered unless someone has been an inpatient for at least three days. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:43:00 +0000 Ina Jaffe 49157 at http://www.kunc.org For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly