Biography for Dina Overland
Dina Overland is the editor of FierceHealthPayer. Prior to working with FierceMarkets, Dina wrote monthly newsletters on HIPAA and medical privacy issues, nursing home regulations, and food labeling laws. She also blogged for Prevention magazine. Based in the New Orleans area, Dina is a freelance writer, blogger, and indexer. She has a passion for maintaining a healthful, balanced lifestyle that incorporates many alternative and holistic medicines. Dina can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @HealthPayer on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Dina Overland
Maryland officials continue to struggle to make the state's health insurance exchange operable--and one state lawmaker wants to switch to the federal marketplace while the state sorts out the technical problems.
The healthcare reform law aims to provide access to healthcare to more people. Whether it can achieve that goal still remains to be seen, but the answers to some key questions raised in The Atlantic could determine whether reform will succeed or fail.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says all the technical problems with the state-run health insurance exchange points to a larger issue--that the healthcare industry must move to a single-payer system, reported the Burlington Free Press.
Some states are taking different approaches to minimize churning between Medicaid and the health insurance exchanges, meaning insurers must take different steps depending on the marketplaces in which they participate.
To drum up more interest in their health plans, some insurers are partnering with companies that operate health screening kiosks. The deals involve insurers buying consumers' personal information from the companies so they can market directly to those consumers, according to The California Report.
The federal health insurance exchange website, HealthCare.gov, doesn't provide a method for consumers who already are enrolled in a plan to update their coverage for the birth of a baby.
Now that the calendar has switched to a new year, the health insurance industry is facing a slew of new developments under the healthcare reform law. So FierceHealthPayer compiled a list of four changes coming down the road that will affect health insurers in 2014.
Alabama Blue Cross Blue Shield has started itemizing reform taxes on bills, labeled "Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes," sent to their members. By including the taxes on its invoices, Alabama Blues could be attempting to bring the public into the fight against the fees, which the insurance industry strongly opposes, reported Kaiser Health News.
When shopping for plans on health insurance exchanges, consumers make several mistakes, often choosing coverage that isn't cost-effective. In fact, more than 80 percent of consumers may unknowingly choose a higher cost plan than they need, according to a new study out of Columbia University.