Policy

The Obama administration is planning to close a loophole in the Affordable Care Act which allows larger companies to refuse to cover in-patient hospital stays in their insurance plans, an anonymous source told USA Today.

The re-election of Republican governors in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas narrows prospects for Medicaid expansion in those states, according to Tampa Bay Times.

The Obama administration is set to ask Congress for about $6.2 billion in emergency funding to stem the spread of Ebola, reports Bloomberg.

Massachusetts and the federal government have reached a five-year, $41.4 billion healthcare accord, which will follow a three-year $26.75 billion waiver agreement that expired June 30, reports WBUR.

A data analysis by The New York Times reveals that more than 3 million people would have received insurance across 24 states if the Supreme Court had ruled differently in 2012.

 A judge has ruled that Kaci Hickox, a Maine nurse who had treated Ebola patients, does not have to be fully quarantined, reports The Washington Post.  

The federal government has opened a new health insurance portal for small businesses in five states—Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Ohio—after a one-year delay for small-employer health plans, according to The Wall Street Journal.

There is no easy way to put a lid on healthcare costs, according to a piece by the Los Angeles Times editorial board.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines pertaining to health workers entering the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries, according to Time.

Think figuring out a health plan is hard? In a New York Times editorial, health economist Austin Frakt admitted: “I cannot rationally select a health plan.”

 If consumers type HealthCare.com instead of HealthCare.gov into their browsers, they will end up not at a government site but the web address of an enterprising company, reports The Washington Post. 

New Jersey and New York have announced new restrictions that require physicians and other healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola in Africa to take a mandatory 21-day quarantine, reports NBC News.