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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Consumer-Friendly Features Added to HealthCare.Gov

As consumers count down to today’s enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 coverage, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that new HealthCare.gov consumer decision support features piloted earlier this enrollment season are now fully deployed for all visitors.  The new Out-of-Pocket Cost calculator, Doctor and Facility Lookup, and Prescription Drug Lookup features will help consumers to […]

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Obamacare Penalties to Rise Sharply in 2016

Failure to obtain health care insurance for yourself and your family members can be fairly costly in 2016. The penalty for an individual not having coverage is $695. For a family, it’s $695 per adult plus $347.50 per child, with a family maximum of $2,085. Such are the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or […]

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Obamacare Sign-Ups Already Surpass Dec. 15 Goal

Though critics claim the goal of 900,000 new Obamacare sign-ups by Dec. 15 was modest to begin with, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that the state and federal exchanges have already secured 1 million new enrollees. In all, 2.83 million have signed up this year, according to CMS. Dec. 15 […]

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Health Care Costs for 2014 Reach $3 Trillion at 5.3% Clip

Spending on health care in the United States totaled $3 trillion in 2014, fueled by expanded coverage under Obamacare and by a 12.2 percent surge in prescription drug spending. The increase came at a 5.3 percent clip after a five-year average of 3.7 percent annual increases. The figures were released by the Centers for Medicare […]

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