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Posted by Tony Pugh on March 31, 2014
As procrastinators rushed to purchase health insurance Monday by the Affordable Care Acts official enrollment deadline, new research estimates that about half of those with subsidized coverage obtained from federal or state marketplaces will lose it within a year because of changes in their incomes or other family circumstances, such as divorce, relocation or the births of children.
The same is true for about half of new Medicaid recipients, who are likely to lose program eligibility at some point over the next year for a variety of reasons, said Benjamin Sommers, an assistant professor of health policy and economics at the Harvard School of Public Health.
When people lose, drop or change health coverage for unforeseen reasons, its known as churning. Its a common occurrence for consumers with individual coverage purchased outside the workplace, as well as for those with Medicaid, the state-federal health program for poor people and those with disabilities.
Posted by John Murawski on March 14, 2014
Rex Hospital will spend $28 million on EPIC electronic medical records software this year, significantly cutting into a projected profit.
Posted by John Murawski on March 11, 2014
About 200,000 North Carolinians enrolled for individual insurance through March 1. With the final enrollment deadline coming up at month's end, most of the 1-million-plus people eligible for subsidized insurance will take a pass on health care in the maiden year of the federal government's program.
Posted on March 10, 2014
Open enrollment for 2014 health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces ends March 31 for self-employed individuals.
Posted by John Murawski on February 14, 2014
Blue Cross and Blue Shield is notifying 6,400 North Carolina applicants for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act that they didn't submit a payment and their enrollment wasn't processed.
Posted by John Murawski on February 11, 2014
Blue Cross and Blue Shield chides competitors for not selling subsidized health coverage in North Carolina.
Posted by John Murawski on January 31, 2014
U.S. News has ranked Duke University Medical Center among the nation's top hospitals in the publication's 2013-14 hospital ranking.