Federal Health Care Site Down for Repairs

The HealthCare.gov website, gateway for health insurance coverage under Obamacare for tens of millions of American without state-operated exchanges, is down for off-hour repairs this weekend following days of difficulties after the Oct. 1 launch. The government has yet to release enrollment figures but is officially gloating about “record demand in the first days of […]

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Federal Obamacare Marketplace Gets 2.8 Million Visitors

The Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplace operating in the 36 states that declined to operate their own exchange received 2.8 million visitors the first day (Oct. 1), but Health and Human Services (HHS) officials have yet to release any data on sign-ups. In a call with reporters, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn […]

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Businesses Can’t SHOP at Marketplaces Until Nov. 1, Administration Admits

Another setback in the Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) was announced today by the Obama administration, admitting its computer system won't be ready to accept online applications until Nov. 1 instead of the Oct. 1 opening of the Health Insurance Marketplaces (though it says individual purchases won't be affected). Previously in April, the […]

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Average Obamacare Silver Plan to Cost $328 a Month

According to a report about the Health Insurance Marketplaces issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), "the average premium nationally for the second lowest cost silver plan will be $328 [a month] before tax credits." However, HHS says about 6 out of 10 of the uninsured today will be eligible for […]

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Under Obamacare, Lower Costs = Fewer Choices, NYT Reports

In a report that is not all that surprising, the New York Times has concluded that insurers offering health care policies on the Obamacare Marketplaces are keeping costs lower by reducing the number of providers and choices available to purchasers. An article in today's edition by Robert Pear sums it up this way: "From California […]

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Two Weeks Before Launch, Obamacare Software Flunks Basic Math

With just two weeks before the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplaces, which will sell insurance to millions of Americans not covered at work and millions more not previously able to buy coverage, the federal computer software program is still miscalculating premiums, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that […]

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Walgreens to Give Money to Employees to Buy Own Health Insurance

Citing compliance costs with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Walgreens on Jan. 1, 2014, will begin making cash payments to its 160,000 affected employees to buy their own health insurance on the Marketplaces instead of providing and managing their benefit program for them.  Earlier, IBM and Time Warner announced similar plans for retirees. "You're completely […]

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Feds’ Super Computer Not Ready for Obamacare Prime Time

A $267-million dollar super-computer system dubbed the "Hub" is finding it hard to incorporate all its Affordable Health Care (ACA) mandates by the time the Health Insurance Marketplaces begin selling policies on Oct. 1. Research by Benz Communications confirms that the "Hub," designed to pull data from seven federal agencies (from the IRS to the […]

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Time Warner, IBM to Move Retirees onto Private Exchanges

Both IBM and Time Warner are transitioning their retirees into private health insurance exchanges, moves announced against the backdrop of the upcoming operation of the Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the two companies are planning to give retirees subsidies and/or options to purchase Medicare supplements on their own. IBM […]

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Study Probes Cost Structure of Marketplace Health Plans

In about three weeks, the Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplaces will begin servicing individual and small business customers with promises of "affordable care." Avalere Health has completed a study of the policies being offered nationwide and come up with five observations: Consumers will get to choose from four levels of coverage, representing out-of-pocket expenses. A bronze […]

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