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To get coverage beginning on New Years Day, consumers have until Dec. 23 to sign up and must pay their first months premium by Dec. 31. The six-month enrollment period extends through the end of March. Those who sign up after Dec. 23 will have to wait until Feb. 1 to get coverage. Those signing up for coverage before the 15th of each month will see their coverage begin on the first of the next month, according to HHS officials, while those who sign up after the 15th will have to wait until the first day of the following month. For example, people signing up for coverage on Jan. 8 next year will see their coverage begin on Feb. 1, but if they wait to sign up until Jan.
Donner Dr. Ralph Pascualy, Chief medical officer, Swedish Medical Group and Senior Vice President, Physician Services, Swedish Health Services. Email | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn This is your weekly roundup of the most critical health news nationally and locally. Every Friday we bring you quick summaries of the news, along with links to full stories from around the globe. Check back every week to stay updated. Technology problems at the Washington state health exchange could have serious repercussions for Medicaid enrollees , who will lose coverage if the problems keep them from recertifying their eligibility. The site had a new round of problems early in the week, but those were resolved by Tuesday. Cover Oregons reserves will take a $10 million hit next year, largely because people now have an extra year to keep health plans that dont meet Obamacare requirements. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber spoke with Portland Business Journal reporter Elizabeth Hayes this week about his goal to have the Coordinated Care model expand across his state. Swedish Medical Group is dramatically changing its payment structure to have 25 percent of physician pay directly determined by performance and outcomes, instead of fee-for-service. Hospitals have an extra year before they have to prove that they can use electronic health records to improve patient outcomes The Affordable Care Acts most lasting impact could be its influence on corporate America .