Policy

With 10 million individuals in the U.S. now on insurance rolls thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many worried that the already overburdened industry would burst at the seams. A UCLA study appears to put some of those concerns to rest, reports California Healthline.

In response to news that a nurse has contracted Ebola, a spokesperson from the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention announced that the agency would issue more specific instructions and explanations on the use of protective gear, reports The New York Times.

California’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is typical for state government, reports Fox News.

The mass confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act—which includes rules forbidding insurance companies from denying coverage and promotes free preventative care, among many other provisions—is the fault of both Democrats and Republicans, according to The Hill.

On Oct. 1, Massachusetts became the first state to require insurers to post real-time prices of procedures and visits, reports WBUR.

Federal officials have released a new version of HealthCare.gov, which features a streamlined application process for those signing up for the first time, reports ABC News.

Medicare is expected to cut payments for a record-breaking 2,610 hospitals because of failure to reign in 30-day readmissions, reports Kaiser Health News.

Veterans have been waiting three months or longer for initial physician appointments during a time when the healthcare ecosystem outside the Department of Veteran Affairs struggles to fill beds and open slots.

Entering year two, HealthCare.gov continues to evolve. The sign-up portal soon will allow customers to “window shop” for health plans prior to starting the enrollment process, reports Bloomberg.

Republicans continue to cite HealthCare.gov’s rocky launch when making the case against the Affordable Care Act, reports the Washington Post.

Judge Ronald White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma has ruled that the Affordable Care Act does not authorize federal exchanges to issue premium tax credits, reports Health Affairs.

A new task force formed by Concerned Veterans for America is calling for a complete revamping of the way veterans receive medical care, reports USA Today.