New health exchange boss in NM survived controversy in Idaho

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

COMING TO NEW MEXICO FROM IDAHO:  Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

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Doctors: Health care monopoly driving them out of business

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Obamacare, Vermont  /  No Comments

DOC SHORTAGE: The underpayment of doctors by government health care plans is driving doctors out of business in Vermont.

Single-payer advocates promise high-quality low-cost health care for all. But physicians in Vermont say the state’s move towards a single-payer health care system is driving independent doctors out of business and eliminating patient choice.

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Obamacare court decision ‘potentially crushing’ for NM health exchange

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Health Care, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

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An appeals court decision puts Obamacare at risk and could be “potentially crushing” for New Mexicans who signed up for subsidies through the federal exchange.

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MN employers look to Supreme Court for ACA religious exemption

By   /  June 18, 2014  /  Business, Health Care, Minnesota, Supreme Court  /  No Comments

MN COMPANIES DIG IN AGAINST HHS MANDATE: Eight
MN for-profit companies with exemptions for ACA mandated employee health coverage based on religious beliefs  are watching for the Supreme Court to rule  soon on 2 similar cases. Doboszenski and Sons photo.

Doug Doboszenski moves tons of dirt in his excavation business, but nothing like trying to move the mountain known as the federal government.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Doboszenki and Sons must provide health coverage in employee medical plans that contradicts the owners’ religious beliefs — or face thousands of dollars in Internal Revenue Service fines.

Doboszenski maintains the ACA violates his rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act through the employer requirement to provide mandated contraceptive, abortion-inducing drugs and elective sterilization coverage.

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IPAB: The latest major legal challenge to Obamacare

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

NOT IPAD: The Independent Payment Advisory Board would be able to set Medicaid reimbursement rates and has the ability to interfere in the private health insurance market as well - without congressional or judicial oversight.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
It might sound like the latest new product from Apple, but IPAB is actually the newest major legal challenge to Obamacare.
Last week, a three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, a 15-member panel created by the Affordable [...]

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Mixed results for Obamacare numbers in NM

By   /  May 5, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

A SURGE, BUT ...: The number of people in New Mexico signing up for Affordable Care Act quadrupled in the last few weeks of open enrollment but there are some concerns behind the numbers.

The number of people in New Mexico signing up for individual policies under the Affordable Care Act surged during a six-week push before the open-enrollment deadline passed.

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