UnitedHealth moves price transparency needle; The healthcare spending paradox;

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> The IRS on Thursday said a person will face a $2,448 fine for failing to get health insurance this year while families with five or more members can get hit with up to $12,240 in fines, The Hill reported. Article

> Software problems with Washington state's exchange has kept payments from posting properly to about 6,000 enrollee's accounts, preventing consumers from using coverage and agents from collecting commissions, according to LifeHealthPro. Article

> To move the needle on healthcare price transparency, UnitedHealthcare has made its free mobile app available to everyone, Healthcare Payer News reported. Article

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> Hospitals in the two dozen states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to feel the financial fallout of that decision, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. Article

> Despite a nationwide slowdown on healthcare spending, a new study by healthcare economics consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo shows that consumers now spend more on healthcare through higher out-of-pocket expenses and premium costs. Article

And Finally... The royal photobomb. Article