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Healthcare Reform

Hospitals Increasingly Turn To Patients For Advice

A select group of patients were invited in early 2012 to help Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts’ largest health system, pick its new electronic health record system – a critical investment of close to $700 million. The system, which is now being phased in, will help coordinate services and reshape how patients and doctors find and read… read full article

Gov. Malloy Announces Launch Of Mobile Tool To Help Residents Find Medical And Home Supplies During Emergencies

‘Business Finder’ App is State’s Latest Tool to Protect Residents During Times of Emergency (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) today announced the launch of a brand new public tool in the event of a natural disaster, storm or other type of emergency that will provide consumers… read full article

Approximately 11.2 Million Additional Individuals Enrolled in Medicaid as of January 2015

The Affordable Care Act is now a part of the fabric of our improved American healthcare system. Millions of Americans who were previously uninsured now have access to affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Medicaid and CHIP data being release today shows enrollment reaching… read full article

What Do Millennials Want from the Healthcare System?

The 18-34 year old segment of our population is large, growing and important in our society. They are 80 million strong. Their attitudes, beliefs, values and actions are re-shaping the way every organization, business and institution thinks about its future. According to a Pew Research report released last week, Millennials are independents and skeptics: 50%… read full article

Shifts In Earnings For Consumers Near Medicaid Line Can Threaten Coverage

Low-income consumers whose earnings fluctuate or family circumstances change over the course of the year risk losing their health coverage if they shift between eligibility for Medicaid and coverage on the health insurance exchanges. That “churning” isn’t new to Medicaid, but the health law’s addition of millions of customers whose incomes hover near the Medicaid… read full article

No Drop In Insurance Enrollment At Work

There has been much hand wringing over the health law requirement that large employers this year offer insurance to workers who put in 30 or more hours a week or face penalties for not doing so. The new rules would cost employers a bundle, some fretted, as part-timers clamored for company coverage previously unavailable to… read full article

Owe a fee for not having health coverage in 2014? You may still be able to get coverage for 2015.

Open enrollment for 2015 is over. But if you owe a fee on your taxes for not having health coverage in 2014 and don’t yet have health coverage for 2015, you may still be able to get coverage for 2015. In 2015, the fee for not having health coverage increases to $325 per person –… read full article

Paying a fee for not having health coverage in 2014? You may qualify for an exemption.

Most people who didn’t have qualifying health coverage in 2014 must either pay a fee or qualify for a “health coverage exemption.” You may qualify for an exemption if you experienced certain life events, like changes in income, your household size, or health coverage, or if you’re a member of certain groups. If you qualify,… read full article

Health Coverage and Your Federal Income Taxes

Are you aware of the health coverage implications that could impact your 2014 income tax return? For example, did you know: You’ll need to provide additional information when you file your 2014 federal income tax return You may have to complete one or two new tax forms You may have to use one or two… read full article

Open Enrollment for 2015 Health Care Coverage Closed

If you or someone in your household has a Qualifying Life Event during the year, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment period. Qualifying Events include: Getting Married Having or adopting a child Permanently moving to Connecticut from another state Losing other affordable, minimum Essential Health Benefits – for example, due to a job loss,… read full article