6 Million Eligible for Medicaid Haven’t Signed Up

Some six million Americans living in states with expanded Medicaid rolls have so far failed to sign up, even though their incomes qualify them, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. Another three million are not covered because they live in states that did not expand their Medicaid services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In […]

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UnitedHealth, Humana Bleed Red for Obamacare

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest health insurer which last year said it might withdraw from the Obamacare insurance exchanges, this week increased projected 2016 Affordable Care Act (ACA) losses from $400 million to $500 million. Humana Inc. also disclosed that it was setting up a “premium deficiency reserve” for its anticipated 2016 ACA losses. […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Shows Slight Uptick in January

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday reported 74,000 new sign-ups on HealthCare.gov from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, bringing total federal Obamacare enrollments to 8.7 million for the 38 states covered by the online exchange. With another 2.7 million people having signed up on the state exchanges thus far, total enrollment for […]

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Insurers Cry Foul Over Alleged Obamacare Special Enrollment Abuse

Health insurers are bombarding Obamacare administrators with complaints that people are waiting to get sick before buying health insurance and then dropping it once they are cured. They want the rules and verification system for special enrollment period (SEP) sign-ups to be clarified and tightened. “Many individuals have no incentive to enroll in coverage during […]

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HealthCare.gov Adds Transgender Explanation Page

The federal Obamacare marketplace, HealthCare.gov, today launched a transgender page, offering both application assistance and health-care rights explanations. On the application front, it advises transgender persons to use the names that appear on their Social Security card to avoid triggering “inconsistencies” or “data matching issues” error messages that prevent completion of their sign-up. On the health-care […]

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Medicaid Enrollment Eclipses the Marketplaces in Total Numbers

Through October 2015, the Obamacare provision that allows states to enroll anyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level into Medicare has netted 13.5 million new enrollees, eclipsing marketplace sign-ups — both state and federal — by a couple of million people. (The 13.5 million number also include enrollees into the Children’s […]

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Health Care Reporting Deadlines Extended for Employers

The February and March deadlines for employers to report health care information to their employees and to the IRS have been pushed back to March 31, and in some cases to June 30. The original deadline for reporting to employees was Feb. 1, with a new two-month window until March 31. The Feb. 29 and […]

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Obamacare Death by a Thousand Cuts?

As part of the budget deal set to pass today, Republicans (largely) have delayed two Obamacare taxes and extended a moratorium on federal funds for use in the “risk corridors” program. Both the medical device tax and the Cadillac tax on expensive health insurance plans have been delayed, the first until Dec. 31, 2017, and […]

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What’s a Federal Deadline Worth? Not Much Evidently Unless It’s Tax Time

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday extended by 48 hours the deadline for consumers to sign up for health care coverage on the Obamacare exchanges that would kick in on New Year’s Day. After initially saying that those who had trouble signing up by the original deadline, Dec. 15, would have additional […]

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As Web Visits Soar, Some Obamacare Shoppers Given Extensions for Jan. 1 Coverage

As visits to HealthCare.gov soared on Monday to the highest level ever — some 178,000 individuals at the same time — anxious consumers who were unable to get the help they needed to sign up for Obamacare coverage beginning Jan. 1 were given special enrollment period (SEP) status, according to the New York Times and USA […]

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