KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Exchange Roundup: MNSure Bogs Down; Md. Consumers Drop Coverage

Marketplace developments across the country, including in Minnesota, Maryland, Georgia and California.

Pioneer Press: MNsure Struggles To Keep Up With 'Life Event' Changes
When a new baby arrives, parents want the infant quickly added to their health insurance. But for 78 new moms in Dakota County this year, the process bogged down for months because of a change to Minnesota's new MNsure health insurance exchange (Snowbeck, 9/1).

The Baltimore Sun: Some Drop Maryland Exchange Programs During Last Month
Maryland's health exchange reported Friday a decline in the number of people who were covered by private plans through the online insurance portal created by the Affordable Care Act. But the total number of people obtaining coverage through the exchange still grew to 433,947 because of people signing up for Medicaid (Cohn, 8/29).

Georgia Health News: Another Insurance Deadline Only Days Away
More than 20,000 Georgians have until next Friday to provide missing information or they will lose their insurance exchange coverage Sept. 30. The regional administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told GHN on Friday that most of the data discrepancies involve immigration or citizenship issues (Miller, 8/29).

Los Angeles Times: Shelley Rouillard Checks Up On Health Plans In California
As director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, Shelley Rouillard is the chief regulator for health plans that cover more than 21 million Californians. She's also a major player in the state's implementation of the federal health law. ... Her agency is currently investigating whether two of the state's largest health insurers, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, violated state law in connection with their provider networks on Obamacare policies. "This department wants to make sure health plans are following the law and patients are getting care when they need it," Rouillard said (Terhune, 8/31).

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