Audit: Colorado’s Obamacare exchange making progress but needs to improve accounting

Colorado’s health insurance exchange has made progress in addressing repeated accounting troubles but still fails to always follow its own policies when it comes to contracts and purchases, according to a state audit released Tuesday. The audit of the exchange, known as Connect for Health Colorado, found that 11 percent of payments analyzed — which came out to about $50,000 — did not have the proper documentation. The same was true for nearly $4 million in contract costs. In one instance, the audit found that Connect for Health’s general counsel signed off on a nearly $3 million database contract despite not having the authority to do so for contracts that… Read More

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The astounding procedural abuses of the Republican Congress

The method by which the Republican Party is attempting to pass their TrumpCare bill is at least as notable as its monstrous contents. Many changes have been made to the bill since its last version went down in flames (due to rulings from the Senate parliamentarian that certain stipulations were out of order), and so Republicans went into a scheduled vote Tuesday without having any idea what was being voted on. There is no final text of a bill, no hearings of any kind, and, of course, no Congressional Budget Office score. And yet on Tuesday, Senate Republicans approved by the narrowest of margins the motion to proceed to a… Read More

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PHOTOS: John McCain Returns to Senate With Scar After Surgery

Just under two weeks after he underwent brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, Senator John McCain was back in Washington D.C. McCain, 80, arrived on Capitol Hill around 2:30 p.m. EDT and immediately headed to the Senate floor, where he cast his vote in favor of starting debate on the controversial GOP-led healthcare bill. The former presidential candidate voted “yea” on the motion and was greeted by senators from both sides of the aisle, who gave him hugs and words of encouragement as he continues his recovery. McCain was seen with a large star over his left eye and some swelling and bruising, but that didn’t stop him from… Read More

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How one immigrant climbed from dishwasher to owner of several California businesses

Perched on a stool in front of a well-stocked bar, Hernan Fernando grins with the fellow founders of Cinco, a restaurant a short distance from the roar of jet engines at Los Angeles International Airport. The Mexico native and part owner of several businesses is reluctant to brag about his achievements. But his business partners were quick to say that Cinco would be a different place without him, if it existed at all. “I don’t think it would have happened (without Fernando),” said Torrance native Blake Landis, another founder. Landis, Fernando and the three others behind Cinco are into their fifth year with the restaurant and recently launched a line… Read More

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LIVE: Senate debates the future of the healthcare bill

The Senate voted on Tuesday to open debate on their plan to overhaul the US healthcare system. Exactly which healthcare bill they’ll be voting on is still very much up in the air. Among the options are: 1) The Senate’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare). 2) A plan to strictly repeal Obamacare. 3) The House of Representative’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Once the motion to proceed passes, here’s a rough outline of how the process after the motion to proceed passes. We’re now headed into 20 hours of debate in legislative time. That’s split equally between Democrats and Republicans. The… Read More

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