CBO finds 2M fewer people will pay penalty for not having coverage; Reimbursement confusion leads some hospitals to charge rape victims for care;

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> The uninsured rate so far in the second quarter of 2014 is 13.4 percent, down from 15.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to a new Gallup poll. The rate in the individual months of April and May also averaged 13.4 percent. Article

> About 2 million fewer people will pay the penalty for not purchasing health insurance in 2016, while estimated collections will drop by $3 billion that year, according to an updated report from the Congressional Budget Office. Report (.pdf) 

> North Carolina Gov. Pat McCroy (R) had to forgo his plan to save the state money by creating a 3.5 percent tax on Medicaid mental health managed care organizations due to a federal Inspector General's review of Pennsylvania's managed care organization tax, reports Healthcare Payer News. Article

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> Hospitals are pushing back against audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General, claiming they are redundant and burdensome versions of the lookbacks by recovery audit contractors (RACs) already underway, AHA News Now reported. Article

> Some hospitals charge rape victims for their forensic examinations and treatment, unsure of how to obtain reimbursements for such services, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

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