White Hat Hacker Says HealthCare.gov Completely Insecure

A professional Internet security expert, aka a "white hat hacker," claims that it will take a year to fix the security flaws in the federal Obamacare website. David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec, testified about the flaws in HealthCare.gov before Congress last week, and this morning appeared on CNBC to convey the same message. "When […]

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CMS Follows California in Extending Obamacare Deadline to Dec. 23

A day after Covered California extended the sign-up deadline for Obamacare health policies starting on Jan, 1, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opted to follow suit, giving consumers nationwide another eight days for enrolling on HealthCare.gov. The new deadline for policies commencing on New Year's Day is Dec. 23, up from Dec. 15, […]

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Three 20-Year-Olds Build Better Obamacare Mouse Trap

If you build it, they will come, and some two million have already visited thehealthsherpa.com, a site built in three days that uses data from HealthCare.gov to provide almost instantaneous quotes on Obamacare health insurance policies. The site, coded by three 20-year-olds in just three days drawing from a HealthCare.gov data feed, is simplicity incarnate. […]

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Bowing to Pressure, Obama to Allow Customers to ‘Keep Your Policy’

After a couple of weeks of massaging his original vow that "if you like your policy, you can keep your policy," President Obama bowed to the reality that millions of people couldn't keep their insurance policies under the rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and unveiled a fix for the problem today — insurers […]

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HHS Releases Obamacare Enrollment Tallies

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released end-of-month enrollment figures for the rollout of Obamacare on Oct. 1, saying that 26,794 Americans had purchased a private insurance plan on HealthCare.gov, the federal marketplace, with an additional 79,391 doing so on the state exchanges. The announced goal for sign-ups under the just-rolled-out Affordable […]

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Fewer Than 50,000 Sign Up for Obamacare on HealthCare.gov

While the federal government rushes to fix the bugs in its HealthCare.gov online Marketplace, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that fewer than 50,000 persons had enrolled in health care on the site through Nov. 1. HealthCare.gov serves customers in the 36 states that declined to establish their own health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, under […]

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Drug Copay Cards Legal Under Obamacare, HHS Rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), declaring that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn't a federal health care program like Medicare or Medicaid, has ruled that pharmaceutical companies are free to offer drug copay cards to Obamacare policyholders. Issuing such cards to Medicare and Medicaid participants is still illegal, however. Copay cards are […]

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Some 7 Million to Qualify for Free, Non-Medicaid Health Care

The New York Times reports today that some 7 million Americans will be able to receive free or almost-free non-Medicaid health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Health plans will be available for zero or next-to-zero cost after federal subsidies for those who fall just above the income threhold for Medicaid enrollment, the Times […]

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Expiring Individual Health Plans Going Bye-Bye Under Obamacare

Bloomberg and other news sources are reporting that private health insurance plans carried by hundreds of thousands of Americans are being canceled prior to the start of the New Year, thrusting most of these policyholders onto the Marketplaces to find new insurance. Cancelation notices have already begun arriving in the mail for some of the […]

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Sunday Blackout Hits Obamacare Online Marketplaces Nationwide

A data center serving the Obamacare Marketplace websites in 14 state-operated exchanges as well as the nationwide HealthCare.gov site went down Sunday, blocking all online health insurance sign-up operations throughout the country. The data center, operated by Verizon's Terramark division, experienced a connectivity problem early Sunday that severed access to the federal databases needed for […]

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