Jessica Zigmond and Andis Robeznieks report physicians, who have been dealing with a decade of uncertainty surrounding what Medicare pays them, appeared guardedly optimistic about a bipartisan proposal to scrap the sustainable growth-rate formula and replace it with a new payment model, even though there’s no accompanying plan to pay for it.
Study: 684K in N.C. Would Get Tax Credit under Affordable Care Act, 11-5-13, Winston-Salem Journal
Richard Craver reports about 684,000 in North Carolina would qualify for a tax credit in 2014 if they acquire health insurance through the federal exchange that launched Oct. 1, according to a report from a nonprofit agency focused on health care issues.
Wos: Medicaid Reform to be tailored for NC, 11-7-13, WRAL
David Crabtree and Matthew Burns report Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos said in an exclusive interview that she expects to have a Medicaid reform plan outlined by March that meets North Carolina’s specific needs.
Con Men Prey on Confusion over Health Care Act, 11-9-13, New York Times
Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Susanne Craig report with millions of Americans frustrated and bewildered by the trouble-prone federal website for health insurance, con men and corrupt marketers are seizing their chance. State and federal authorities report a rising number of consumer complaints, ranging from deceptive sales practices to identity theft, linked to the Affordable Care Act.
New Rule Demands Parity for Mental Health Coverage, 11-9-13, Yahoo News
Kevin Freking reports the Obama administration issued new regulations that spell out how a 5-year-old mental health parity law will be administered. Now health insurance companies must cover mental illness and substance abuse just as they cover physical diseases.
Even Doctors in Dark about New Health Plans, 11-10-13, USA Today
Jayne O’Donnell and Annika McGinnis report after more than a month since HealthCare.gov and 15 state-based exchanges opened for business, consumers and even physicians are finding it isn’t easy or even possible sometimes to find out which doctors and hospitals are in the plans’ provider networks.