HHS Says 975,000 Enrolled in Obamacare Through Dec. 24

Breaking from its stated policy of releasing enrollment figures only after a month is over, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that 975,000 Americans had enrolled for insurance through HealthCare.gov through Dec. 24. The HHS statement read: As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment […]

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Think HealthCare.gov Has Problems? Oregon’s Site Still Doesn’t Work

Almost three months after the Oregon Health Care Marketplace was supposed to go live, the website still isn't working, and state officials have pulled all Obamacare advertising from the airways. An estimated 36,000 Oregonians have thus far enrolled through Cover Oregon, including about 12,000 in private health insurance and another 24,000 in the Oregon Health Plan. […]

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HealthCare.gov and the Never-Arriving Deadline

Even as it extended the deadline to midnight Dec. 24 for those seeking health coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014, HealthCare.gov  officials posted a message on the site that anyone who started enrollment by the deadline but couldn't finish due to heavy traffic or site issues would still have more time. A message late Tuesday […]

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HHS Announces Fix to HealthCare.gov Data Output

With about a week to go before the Dec. 23 deadline to apply for health coverage commencing Jan. 1, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Saturday announced that the HealthCare.gov website had been fixed so that complete and correct information would henceforth be transmitted to affected insurance companies HHS said that the […]

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Nearly 2 Million Have Completed the Obamacare Eligibility Process, HHS Says

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that nearly 365,000 individuals selected plans from the state and federal Health Insurance Marketplaces through the end of November. November alone added more than a quarter million enrollees in state and federal Marketplaces. Enrollment in the federal Marketplace in November was more than four times […]

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HHS Launches Obamacare Website in Spanish

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this weekend rolled out its Spanish-language Affordable Care Act (ACA) sign-up website. Originally scheduled to launch on Oct. 1, the site was delayed while the English-language site, HealthCare.gov, underwent fixes. "This weekend, we will soft launch the consumer-friendly Spanish online enrollment tool CuidadoDeSalud.gov. We think it’s important […]

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HealthCare.gov Error Rate Reportedly Cut in Half

Errors on data being sent from the HealthCare.gov website to insurance companies for fulfillment of purchases is down to about 10 percent, a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Friday. The website was so stodgy and error-prone when it was introduced on Oct. 1 that CMS has since overseen some […]

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Audit Shows IRS Obamacare System Open to Fraud

The Treasury Department's Inspector General (IG) for Tax Administration warns that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs to act quickly to put controls in place to prevent fraud by taxpayers seeking refundable tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "Without adequate fraud mitigation controls, the IRS may be unable to identify ACA refund fraud […]

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HealthCare.gov Enrolls 29,000 in 48 Hours After ‘Fix’

According to a report on CNBC.com, the revamped HealthCare.gov site enrolled 29,000 persons in the first two days of operations after announcing a round of fixes. This is in stark contrast to the 26,000 who enrolled during the entire rollout month of October, when the site was bug-ridden and unwieldy. "Data still being scrubbed, but […]

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Lawsuits Challenge Legality of Obamacare Federal Subsidies and Penalties

Oklahoma was the first state to issue a legal challenge, but it was soon followed by Indiana and then by individuals and businesses in Virginia and the District of Columbia. At issue is the wording of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which states in section 1311 that health insurance subsidies are available only if policies are […]

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