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Allison Bell
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Attended Washington University in St. Louis
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A web broker says its individual enrollees' health deductibles fell a tiny bit this year.

https://goo.gl/zoTzrG
Real buyers are paying $393 per month, with an average deductible of $4,328.
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“Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective."

Meet Walter Shaub, the conflicts guru -- and Obama appointee -- who's now a big thorn in Trump's side.
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Employers have a hard time creating 1095-C's... and it's possible the IRS might have a hard time using them to run the employer "play or pay" mandate program.

https://goo.gl/xbtFyg

Nina Olson also worries about Social Security disability recipients who get lump-sum payments.
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The HHS birth control benefits mandate fight is now the Trump administration's baby.

https://goo.gl/luIa9F
Federal agencies received more than 54,000 comments on a proposal for accommodating religious nonprofit groups.
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HealthCare.gov's reported signup activity for 2017 in 2016 was higher than its activity for 2016 in 2015, but maybe partly because the 2017 (in 2016) reporting period contains five more days than the 2016 (in 2015) reporting period.

https://goo.gl/Ervt06

Also: Figuring out how to describe these two sets of data is hard, all by itself.

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The Senate votes to debate asking congressional committees to cut the federal budget deficit, which, apparently, would let the committees vote to kill ACA programs.

Meanwhile, the House Republican Study Committee has released an ACA repeal and replacer draft bill that would bring us a somewhat more generous version of the HIPAA provision that guarantees people access to coverage if they maintain creditable coverage. The draft would provide $25 billion in risk pool funding over 10 years. It does not appear to put caps on what insurers could charge sick people.

https://goo.gl/im0Bo2
House Republicans unveil a replacer bill as the Senate votes on a de-funding measure.
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On the fines beat....
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Looks as if the Obama administration lawyers and the House GOP lawyers agree on SOMETHING....

https://goo.gl/4p0WOc

Justice Department officials said the request for intervention was premature.
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Cigna says it has 100,000 more individual major medical enrollees this year than last year.

https://goo.gl/zEsRGT
The company expects its commercial medical customer count to rise by more than 300,000.
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The Pennsylvania insurance commissioner says the future of long-term care planning is in saving-oriented products.

https://goo.gl/wNeEVI
Teresa Miller says consumers must rely more on savings and less on insurance.
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Why your clients should not hike or climb mountains in Montana:

If your client gets hurt and knocked unconscious, and the emergency responder calls for an out-of-network air ambulance to evacuate the client the air ambulance service can balance bill the client.

https://goo.gl/KWbKmB
Regulators note that emergency care providers may choose the transportation option.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan talked a little too emphatically today about what a peaceful transition of power we're having. #2017jitters

https://goo.gl/333Byx
Paul Ryan cites the 21st Century Cures Act as an example of lawmakers' ability to work together.
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The insurance reporter
Introduction
I cover health insurance, disability insurance and long-tern care insurance for National Underwriter Life & Health and LifeHealthPro.com.
Bragging rights
I've covered health insurance long enough to own a hard copy of the HIPAA conference report.
Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    English and economics
  • Medill School of Journalism
    Journalism
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Female
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Occupation
Reporter and editor
Skills
Writing, editing, finding humor in Federal Register documents, and shocking people on Google+.
Employment
  • LifeHealthPro.com
    Health Channel Editor, present
  • Business Journal of Charlotte
    Reporter, 1994 - 1996
    Financial services beat.
  • Press Journal of Vero Beach
    Reporter, 1991 - 1994
    The business beat. (Small business; Piper Aircraft; why you actually should have bought swampland in Florida; and grapefruit.)
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the New York area
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Kansas City, MO, United States
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