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
Security vulnerabilities found within HealthCare.gov
Since the federal health insurance exchange website launched almost three months ago, there have been two high-risk security vulnerabilities, a top federal official told lawmakers.
Health exchanges a mixed bag for states
Some states are reporting a boost in enrollments in the last few days before the Dec. 23 deadline for consumers to sign up for a plan sold on the health insurance exchanges. But other states still are struggling with technical glitches that hamper enrollments efforts.
Report: Top-tier exchange plans not always most expensive
Although premiums increase from lower-tier plans to higher-tier plans sold on health insurance exchanges, premiums don't increase proportionately compared to the additional medical expenses covered, a new report from HealthPocket found.
2013 in review: Quality, costs still matter
Last year, accountable care organizations easily won the distinction of most popular FierceHealthPayer topic in 2012. Only two stories about health insurance exchanges made an appearance on that most-read list. What a difference a year makes. In 2013, all eyes were squarely on healthcare reform and health insurance exchanges.
Study: Recruiting young adults for coverage not vital
Despite concerns that the insurance industry won't survive in a post-reform market if insurers don't recruit enough young adults, a new study found even if only 25 percent of insurance pools are made up of young adults, costs would increase slightly.
Insurers volunteer to delay payment deadline to Jan. 10
America's Health Insurance Plans has voluntarily decided its insurer members will extend the payment deadline for consumers who buy plans sold on health insurance exchanges, the group announced Wednesday.
CMS starts sending Medicaid applications to states
The federal government has finally begun sending Medicaid applications to state officials so they can enroll new consumers in the program.
Health exchanges can take cue from commercial retail sites
As federal and state officials work to fix the user experience on health insurance exchanges, some back-end problems remain, including ensuring consumers actually purchase health plans, reported InformationWeek.
Reform law could block 3M kids from dental coverage
Dental benefits in health insurance exchanges plans is often sold separately and is optional for children. Some experts believe this flawed implementation could mean millions of children will lack dental coverage and lead to an increase in tooth decay, which already is the most common chronic childhood disease, reported the New York Times.
Insurers don't want charities paying for consumers
A charity in Los Angeles wants to sign up 50 uninsured consumers to plans sold through California's health insurance exchange, but insurers are pushing back, saying the program would bring in too many sick and expensive people.