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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‘Young Invincibles’ Mostly Immune to Obamacare

The federal government has released enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) Marketplaces from inception on Oct. 1 through Dec. 28, pegging overall sign-ups at "nearly 2.2 million." The figure covers both federal and state health insurance exchanges. (The report does not say how many have actually paid premiums.) The goal is […]

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HHS Issues New Set of Health Care FAQs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued its 18th set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which took full force of the law this past Jan. 1. Among the many issues the FAQs address is that of indemnity policies, which provide indemnity payments to […]

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Justice Sotomayor Blocks HHS Contraception Mandate

On the same day that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — aka Obamacare — took effect, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked the mandate to include contraceptive coverage in all health plans. Justice Sotomayor acted on a plea from an order of Catholic nuns in Colorado, whose requests for a stay had been denied by […]

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HHS Says 2.1 Million Gain Health Coverage Today

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kicks in today, Health and Human Services (HHS) says 2.1 million people will be covered through marketplace sign-ups and another 4 million will gain Medicaid coverage. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius said that "we expect those numbers will continue to grow over time." People have until March 31 to buy […]

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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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