Obamacare Enrollments Reach 5 Million, Administration Says

Through yesterday, the administration claims total enrollment in Obamacare health care plans had reached 5 million, 25 percent of them in the 18-35 age group, with March 31 the cut-off for open enrollment. Originally, administration spokespersons said the goal was to reach 7 million enrollments with 40 percent of them "young invincibles," who would rarely […]

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Administration Quietly Puts the Kibosh on the ACA Individual Mandate

People with canceled health insurance plans were recently green lighted to renew those plans through October 1, 2016, or failing that, to purchase Obamacare catastrophic insurance, originally available only for those under 30 years of age. That much we knew. But quietly as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a "Hardship" form […]

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HealthCare.gov One-Year Operating Expenses: $1.8 Billion

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says it needs $1.8 billion (with a "B") to run the federal Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, in fiscal 2015. Officials said about $1.2 billion of that will come from fees tied to Obamacare, but Congress will have to cough up the remaining $600 million. "If Congress funds the […]

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CMS Actuary Predicts Premium Hikes for 11 Million in Small Business

In a just-released report, the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) predicts that 11 million individuals covered by small business health plans will experience premium increases, while 6 million will see reductions. The report pegs the pending rate hikes to the new community rating system implemented by the Affordable Care […]

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CMS Issues Call to Obamacare Insurers to Expand Their Network of Providers

In a letter to all insurers offering health insurance policies on HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare marketplace, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday asked the insurance providers to include more federally funded health clinics, safety-net hospitals and other medical providers used by low-income people to their network of service providers. At the same […]

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Obamacare Enrollments Reach 3 Million, CMS Blogs

Without releasing any demographics or figures on how many enrollees have actually paid their premiums, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday said in a blog post that health care enrollment on the state and federal marketplaces had reached 3 million. That's a boost of about 800,000 since figures were released in […]

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CMS: ‘Entire Healthcare Reform Program Is Jeopardized’

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week said its decision to switch web developers for HealthCare.gov without competitive bidding was done because the "entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized" by the site's malfunctioning. In a 10-page document it released called "Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition," CMS said HealthCare.gov "urgently […]

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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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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 to Focus on the ‘Good, Bad & Ugly’ of Contracting

Following the mess that became the HealthCare.gov website, whose creation was awarded to a single contractor without competitive bidding, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is ordering a review and putting new policies and personnel in place to clean up the contracting process. At the same time, the department announced that its January "Contracting with […]

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