Final Rule Issued on ACA 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services have announced the publication of final regulations implementing a 90-day limit on waiting periods for health coverage, as specified in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "This is a common sense measure that helps workers access employer-sponsored health insurance while providing employers flexibility," said Assistant […]

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NYT, CNN Say 20 Percent of Obamacare Enrollees Haven’t Paid

In a report this week, the New York Times, citing health industry insiders, says that 20 percent of enrollees in health insurance policies on the state and federal marketplaces have failed to make their premium payments. In an earlier report, cable broadcaster CNN also claimed 20 percent had failed to honor their premiums. For its […]

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1.1 Million Obamacare Sign-Ups Reported in January

The government reported 1.1 million sign-ups for Obamacare in January, bringing the total to 3.3 million since the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces in October, short of the 4.4 million projected. Of the 3.3 million total, California has contributed a whopping 728,000, far outstripping any other state. Of the 3.3 million enrollees, […]

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Obamacare Mandate Delayed for Mid-Sized Firms

The Obamacare shared responsibility provision (aka "play or pay"), originally set to begin this Jan. 1 but delayed this past summer until Jan. 1, 2015, has now been delayed again, but only for employers with 50 to 99 employees. Mid-sized employers now won't have to comply until Jan. 1, 2016. The shared responsibility provision of […]

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CMS Issues Call to Obamacare Insurers to Expand Their Network of Providers

In a letter to all insurers offering health insurance policies on HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare marketplace, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday asked the insurance providers to include more federally funded health clinics, safety-net hospitals and other medical providers used by low-income people to their network of service providers. At the same […]

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CBO Estimates That Obamacare Will Result in 2.5 Million Fewer Full-Time Jobs

In a report issued today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) will result in a net fewer 2.5 million full-time jobs over the next decade. The report calculates the number based on persons choosing not to work because of more available health care coverage and on […]

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HHS Releases Poverty Guidelines for 2014

The federal government has released slightly higher poverty guidelines for 2014, but they won't affect purchasers of health insurance on the marketplaces until they enroll in policies for 2015. Under the new guidelines published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Medicaid will be available for individuals earning up to $16.105 annually and […]

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Obamacare Enrollments Reach 3 Million, CMS Blogs

Without releasing any demographics or figures on how many enrollees have actually paid their premiums, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday said in a blog post that health care enrollment on the state and federal marketplaces had reached 3 million. That's a boost of about 800,000 since figures were released in […]

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Judge Rejects Obamacare Challenge Over Tax Breaks

A group of small business owners who challenged the legality of the Affordable Care Act over a tax-credit provision has seen its lawsuit rejected by  Judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Their lawsuit contended that language in the ACA precluded the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov from awarding tax […]

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HHS Extends Enrollment Deadline for Those in PCIP Pool

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010 established a Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) as a stopgap until the full provisions of the law would kick in four years later. About 85,000 persons who were previously unable to obtain insurance elsewhere are still enrolled in PCIP but must switch to Marketplace insurance, […]

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