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Rural Oral Health Summit Presents the Problem, Looks for Answers
Feb 12, 2018 - Details Campbell University Public Health program's Rural Oral Health Summit, which focused on the importance of care, high demand for providers, the impact of factors like poverty, dental insurance, and community resources.
Source: Campbell University
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CMS Announces Additional Special Enrollment Periods to Help Individuals Impacted by Hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Jan 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new special enrollment periods for Medicare health and drug plans and health insurance coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange for individuals affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These enrollment periods will be open through March 31, 2018.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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EBSA: Definition of “Employer” Under Section 3(5) of ERISA-Association Health Plans Federal Register
Jan 5, 2018 - Proposed rule from the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) that would modify the definition of "employer" and broaden the criteria for determining when an employer may join together in a group or association that is treated as the sponsor of a "group health plan" or "employee welfare benefit plan." The goal of the proposed rule is to expand access to affordable health coverage by removing undue restrictions on association health plans and allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines. Comments regarding provisions of the proposed rule must be submitted on or before March 6, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Healthcare Through Small Business Health Plans
Jan 4, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a proposed rule that would allow employers to join together to purchase employer-sponsored health insurance plans for themselves and their employees in the large group market. This would make it more affordable for small businesses to provide health insurance.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
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Federal Exchange Open Enrollment for 2018 Coverage, Most Cost Effective Saving Americans Millions of Dollars While Improving Customer Service and Access to Care
Dec 21, 2017 - Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the successes of the fifth open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Exchange. These successes include lower cost, higher customer satisfaction, and a smooth enrollment experience.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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