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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IRS Health Insurance Penalty Deadline Extended Six Weeks

Due to a conflict between the date that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said individuals must have health insurance or face a tax penalty and the date that the Marketplaces will cease selling coverage, the administration has pushed back the penalty date by six weeks. Both dates have now been set at March 31, 2014, […]

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Employees See No ‘Free Lunch’ in Obamacare, Survey Finds

A National Business Group on Health (NBGH) survey released yesterday shows that more than half of the employees questioned believe health care costs will rise this year and in succeeding years under Obamacare, while almost a third of those surveyed also think the quality of health care will decline. “There is some realism and the […]

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Snowden Out, Verizon In as HHS Seeks Fixes to HealthCare.Gov

Over the weekend, NSA secrets-leaker Edward Snowden claimed to have hacked into HeathCare.gov, the federal Obamacare Marketplace site, and said he could fix it in exchange for immunity against prosecution for stealing government files. Though Snowden was spurned, telecom giant Verizon evidently was called in to help fix things. "Our team is bringing in some […]

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Obamacare Marketplaces Total 476,000 Applicants So Far

According to documents received by the Associated Press (AP), the Obamacare Marketplaces nationwide so far have seen 476,000 individuals sign up out of a visit total of 16 million, but the government won't say how many of those applicants actually enrolled in health care insurance. An enrollment report has been promised for mid-November. The sign-ups […]

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Early Pioneer in E-Health Records, VA Faces Serious Breach Problems

The largest health care provider in the United States with 8.8 million patients, the Veterans Administration (VA) is grappling with a series of breach violations of its health records. The VA is an early pioneer in keeping health records electronically, a goal envisioned and empowered by Obamacare for all health care providers. Now, it turns […]

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Obamacare Update: HHS Secretary Doesn’t Know How Many Have Enrolled

So far, most reports from both the federal and state Health Insurance Marketplaces since their opening on Oct. 1 have focused on "accounts created," not on policies sold. In fact, when asked point blank how many Americans had enrolled in health plans through the exchanges while appearing on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Monday […]

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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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