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Health Connection
Oct 3, 2014

Exchange enrollment ticks up

More than 81,000 Marylanders had enrolled in private health insurance on the state’s health exchange as of Sept. 20, officials said Friday.

Aug 19, 2014

Marylanders have to re-enroll on new health exchange

Remember that time you spent hours trying to enroll for health insurance on the state-run exchange, Maryland Health Connection?Yeah, you have to do it again.

Dec 19, 2013

Site not clear on dental benefits for kids

COLLEGE PARK — Oral health advocates say Maryland’s health insurance exchange and insurance providers are not doing enough to inform consumers about children’s dental benefits guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act. Potential enrollees are unable to view detailed information about what dental benefits are included in a medical care plan until they purchase it, making […]

Jul 16, 2013

Health law’s rule delay could hamper enforcement

WASHINGTON — There’s a bit of a domino effect undercutting President Barack Obama’s health care law. Enforcement of the overhaul’s central mandate — that individual Americans must have coverage — could be weakened by the Obama administration’s recent delay of a requirement that larger employers provide medical insurance. That’s because the delayed rule also requ[...]

Sep 23, 2012

More young Marylanders have health care coverage

The percentage of young Marylanders with health insurance rose to 81.7 percent last year from 75 percent in 2009, a rate much faster than the national average, according to data released by the Census Bureau. While experts generally attribute the overall national increase in health coverage of adults aged 19 to 25 to the Affordable […]

Sep 20, 2012

Week in review: 9/21/12

Harborplace retailers changing? An affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc. may operate Harborplace for another 75 years, but that hardly guarantees that the retailers there will enjoy the same longevity. The proposed deal between Harbor Place Associates Limited Partnership and the Baltimore Development Corp. will extend the operator’s lease through 2087 while increasing its rent […]

Sep 12, 2012

Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage

OKLAHOMA CITY — Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit over a mandate in the health reform law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill. The Oklahoma City-based chain sued Wednesday in federal court, claiming the government is forcing the business owners to “violate their own faith.” The business […]

Aug 16, 2012

Progressive insurance on defense after court case

McLEAN, Va. — The Progressive Corp. insurance group is defending itself against an onslaught of negative publicity after it tried to avoid paying $75,000 to the family of a client killed in a car crash and tried to blame the wreck on her. The criticism began Monday with a blog post from 33-year-old Matt Fisher […]

Jul 25, 2012

Media coverage of crimes and criminals: Harmful or helpful?

My friend shared on Twitter a very insightful article from The Atlantic on the portrayal of perpetrators of mass murders in the media. ...

Jul 16, 2012

Sprint fires up new wireless data network

NEW YORK — Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday that it has turned on its new wireless data network, providing a much-needed boost to the carrier, whose data speeds lag those of its largest competitors. Sprint fired up the fourth-generation, or 4G, network in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio and some smaller surrounding cities […]

Mar 26, 2012

Justices ready to move to heart of health case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court plunged into debate Monday on the fate of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the nation’s health care system, and the justices gave every indication they will not allow an obscure tax law to derail the case. A decision is expected by late June, in the midst of a presidential election […]

Aug 1, 2011

Insurers must cover birth control with no copays

WASHINGTON — Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores. The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health […]

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