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March 2013

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HHS's Final Rule For ACA Deductibles and Essential Benefits

On February 20, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule that provides guidance for all health insurance markets, including Workers Compensation, Liability, Health and Disability Insurance. "The Affordable Care Act helps people get the health insurance they need," said Secretary Sebelius. "People all across the country will soon find it easier to compare and enroll in health plans with better coverage, greater quality and new benefits."

The Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

The "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us" by Stephen Brill in the February 20, 2013 issue of Time Magazine provides more questions than answers about the inner workings of healthcare delivery and insurance. In the recent expose of the healthcare industry, Mr. Brill offers much information and several thought provoking questions for consideration by the general public, politicians, the healthcare delivery industry, and the health insurance industry.

HHS and CMS Announce 2013 Agenda to Bring Down Costs and Improve Quality of Care Through the Use of Technology

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, M.D., announced on March 6, 2013 HHS's plan to accelerate the Health Information Exchange (HIE).

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