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Obamacare Enrollment Nears Goal With 19 Days to Go, U.S. Says

bloomberg.com — About 9.5 million people have signed up or renewed their Obamacare insurance coverage for 2015, the U.S. government said today, surpassing last year's enrollment total with 19 days to go. The government has said it expects 9.1 million people to be paying for coverage in 2015.

Time on Obama’s Side in Death Knell for Health Fee-for-Service

businessweek.com — Killing off the old way of paying for U.S. health care, as it turns out, won't require new legislation, executive orders or a raft of regulations. All the Obama administration needs is time.

Time on Obama’s Side in Death Knell for Health Fee-for-Service

bloomberg.com — Killing off the old way of paying for U.S. health care, as it turns out, won't require new legislation, executive orders or a raft of regulations. All the Obama administration needs is time.

Historic Overhaul Seeks to Change How U.S. Pays the Doctor Bill

bloomberg.com — The Obama administration will make historic changes to how the U.S. pays its annual $3 trillion health-care bill, aiming to curtail a costly habit of paying doctors and hospitals without regard to quality or effectiveness.

Obama Proposes U.S. Spending to Research Personalized Cures

bloomberg.com — President Barack Obama will urge Congress to spend U.S. taxpayers' money for research in "precision medicine," a burgeoning field of care in which treatments are tailored to an individual patient. The Obama administration views medical research as an area of health-care policy the Republican-led Congress may be willing to help advance, even as it fights the president over the continued implementation of Obamacare, his signature legislative accomplishment.

Aetna Medicare Customers Can Switch Plans After Error

bloomberg.com — The Obama administration is investigating whether Aetna Inc. mislead elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them. Those customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result, the U.S. said.

Medicare’s Tavenner to Depart After Obamacare Error Revealed

bloomberg.com — Marilyn Tavenner, head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to step down at the end of February, she told her staff in an e-mail. Tavenner didn't say why she was leaving. In November, she acknowledged that her agency had made a mistake in its calculation of the number of people enrolled under Obamacare.

Lavish ‘Cadillac’ Health Plans Dying as Obamacare Tax Looms

businessweek.com — Large employers are increasingly putting an end to their most generous health-care coverage as a tax on "Cadillac" insurance plans looms closer under Obamacare. Employees including bankers at and college professors at Harvard University are seeing a range of moves to shift more costs to workers.

Cadillac plans crashing as PPACA tax looms

benefitspro.com — This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, click the "Reprints" link at the top of any article. (Bloomberg) -- Large employers are increasingly putting an end to their most generous health care coverage as a tax on Cadillac insurance plans looms closer under Obamacare.

Lavish ‘Cadillac’ Health Plans Dying Out as Obamacare Tax Looms

bloomberg.com — Large employers are increasingly putting an end to their most generous health-care coverage as a tax on "Cadillac" insurance plans looms closer under Obamacare. Employees including bankers at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and college professors at Harvard University are seeing a range of moves to shift more costs to workers.
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Jan 31, 2015

2.1M Chrysler, Honda, Toyota vehicles recalled for bad airbags -- a million of 'em for the second time. By @jplungis bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jan 31, 2015

Here's the first story I've ever edited. Also you people in New England are getting more snow, sorry. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jan 31, 2015

Random: Former Alaska senator Mark Begich has been hired to not-lobby for home health agencies and hospices. Via press release.

Jan 30, 2015

Sure, you could go to a movie tonight. Or just watch this awesome @BGOV video on the fy 16 budget! vimeo.com/118158861

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