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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Federal Agencies Issue Regulatory Agendas

Quietly just before the Thanksgiving holiday, federal agencies released their upcoming regulatory agendas as required by law. Among the highlights: The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued or will issue in the next few months 24 regulations that will help implement its Plan/Prevent/Protect program, which shifts "the burden of ensuring compliance from the Department – […]

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HHS Declares Health Care Site ‘Fixed’

The Obama administration claimed today that its troubled HealthCare.gov site has been "fixed" and can handle up to 50,000 visitors at a time, the original goal for the site when it was launched Oct. 1. In a rare Sunday morning press call, Health and Human Services (HHS) officials said the redone site is capable of […]

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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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